Roaf, Anderson among state Black Hall of Fame inductees


Pine Bluff native Willie Roaf and taekwondo Chief Master Richard Anderson, who has a studio in Pine Bluff, are among the 2013 inductees to the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, the foundation announced Thursday at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.

Roaf, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, was an 11-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro selection during his career with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.

Anderson’s studio is located at The Pines mall. Anderson is the first African-American to earn an eighth-degree black belt and the highest-ranked African-American in the American Taekwondo Association. He also runs a martial arts school, Camp Positive, in Little Rock.

The other inductees announced for the foundation’s 21st annual class are:

• Raye Jean Montague — Internationally recognized engineer and graphic designer and creator of the first computer-generated draft of a U.S. naval ship

• Gerald Alley — CEO and President of Con-Real Construction

• Morris Hayes — Music director for Prince’s New Power Generation Band

• Art Porter Jr. (posthumous) — Renowned recording artist and performer

The 21st annual induction ceremony, which is the foundation’s major fundraiser, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Statehouse Convention Center’s Wally Allen Ballroom.

Tickets to the induction ceremony can be purchased at www.arblackhalloffame.org.

For more information about the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and the 2012 induction ceremony, contact Charles Stewart at (501) 425-5998 or c.stewart.01@att.net.