Author Jason Irby to Recognize R.J. Hampton and Mayor Shirley M. Washington at the 7th Annual Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month on February 26, 2022

Author Jason Irby to recognize R.J. Hampton and City of Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley M. Washington at the Seventh (7th) Annual Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month.  The event will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center located at 4800 W. 10th Street in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“This year’s recipients are yet among the most unique class we’ve recognized,” said Irby. “They range from political to corporate and from municipal to religion.  Each of our 2022 Legend Among Us recipients are leading the way to paths that reveal diversity and opportunity.  Each recipient has experiences that have broken barriers the once prevented promises of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. They have in many cases sacrificed their own livelihoods to create a better space for everyone.  What they have achieved at this point in history will forever remain a legacy,” expressed Irby.


The 2022 Honorees include Frank Scott, Jr., George B. McGill, R. J. Hampton, Shirley M. Washington, Stephanie Flowers, and Trayce Parker. 

R.J. Hampton

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Reginald Jeffery Hampton was born in Newport, Arkansas. He began in Real Estate when he purchased his first home at the age of 14 from selling pecan, rags, working in the cotton fields, selling bottles for a penny, selling iron for a penny a pound, cutting spinach, selling worms, picking strawberries, selling newspaper and whatever he could do to make a penny. Hampton’s education began at Newport Elementary School and Newport High School.

Although Hampton did not graduate from High School, but is a product of 12 Colleges and Universities in additional to Shorter College, Philander Smith College, A.M.N./University of Pine Bluff, University of Little Rock, University of Magnolia Arkansas, Jackson Theological Seminary, Gammon Theological Seminary of Atlanta, GA, University of Miami School of Business, The American University of Washington, DC.

For more information about R.J. Hampton, click here:  R J Hampton Bio.  

Shirley M. Washington

Shirley Washington pic

Shirley Ruth Moorehead Washington was the second of seven children born to Willie and Blanchie Clinger Moorehead in the small Jefferson County community of Gethsemane, Arkansas. While her parents toiled to make a living on the family’s small cotton farm, they vehemently stressed the importance of hard work and the value of education. 

The children were taught that church and school would be their passport from a life of field labor to successful futures as skilled professionals. This resounding message was not lost. Both father and mother, with third and sixth grade educations, respectively, were blessed to witness in their lifetime, all seven of their children receive college degrees, enter respectable careers, and become God fearing, law abiding, productive citizens.

For more information about Shirley M. Washington, click here:  Shirley Washington Bio.  

Frank Scott, Jr., Mayor, City of Little Rock

The Honorable Frank Scott, Jr. is the first Black American mayor of the City of Little Rock, Arkansas.  For more information about Frank Scott, Jr., click here:  Bio of Mayor Frank Scott Jr.

George B. McGill, Mayor, Fort Smith, Arkansas

The Honorable George B. McGill is the first Black American elected as mayor of Fort Smith, Arkansas.  For more information about George B. McGill, click here:  Mayor George McGill Bio.

Stephanie Flowers, Arkansas State Senator, District 25, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Stephanie Flowers is the Arkansas State Senator for District 25 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  For more information about Senator Stephanie Flowers, click here:  Stephanie Flowers Bio.

Trayce Parker, President of UPS’s U.S. Eastern Region

Trayce Parker is the Present of the United Parcel Services’ U.S. Eastern Region.  For more information about Trayce Parker, click here:  Trayce Parker Bio.


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