Kent, CT, October 27, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- On Saturday, October 28, 2006, former Miss Arkansas and runner-up to Miss America Lencola Sullivan will be inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (www.arblackhalloffame.org) in Little Rock, Arkansas. This special ceremony honors outstanding contributions of African American achievers from various walks of life who hail from the State of Arkansas.
Sullivan made history becoming the first black woman to win a state pageant from the south when she represented her state as Miss Arkansas. Miss America was the next stop. There she garnered national attention in 1980 when she made history again by becoming the first African American to place in the Top 5 of the world's most prestigious pageant. She continues her involvement with the Miss America Scholarship Program as a consultant, judge, emcee and performer.
Sullivan said, "It is a huge honor and I am thrilled to join past honorees like President Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, John H. Johnson and E. Lynn Harris in the Hall of Fame."
Sullivan has also been a featured vocalist with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and recorded with Stevie Wonder and Kool and the Gang. She performed worldwide with United Service Organization (USO) tours and sang at the Inaugural Ball Celebrations for President Clinton in l992 and 1996.
Her professional career includes serving as a weathercaster with two NBC affiliate television stations (KARK-TV in Little Rock and KTTV-TV in Austin, TX), guest appearances on the soap opera "All My Children," and many appearances in commercials and industrial films.
Later, as Managing Director of The Netherlands American Community Trust, Sullivan helped Dutch companies create programs to improve the quality of life in the communities where The Netherlands business community operates.
Since the mid-1990's, Sullivan has been an international motivational speaker and singer on the messages of diversity and corporate social responsibility. Currently, Sullivan lives in The Netherlands and is married to Roel P. Verseveldt.
Miss Arkansas 2005, Eudora Mosby, will introduce Sullivan at the induction ceremony. After 25 years, Mosby is the second woman of color to win the title of Miss Arkansas. Mosby also made the Top 10 of the Miss America Pageant last year.
Contact: Tracey Donner