Arkansas Business' 25 Minority Trailblazers (25th Anniversary)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 23, 2009 12:00 am  

Charles Stewart, executive vice president at Regions Bank

Porter's career as a musician consisted more of teaching music than touring. However, he did perform at jazz festivals in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands during a tour with his son, jazz saxophonist Art Porter Jr., in 1991.

Porter taught music at several Arkansas high schools, Mississippi Valley College in Itta Bena, Miss., and Philander Smith College in Little Rock.

He released several albums, including "Little Rock A.M.," "Something Else" and "Portrait of Art."

18. Andree Yvonne Layton Roaf
In 1995, Andree Yvonne Layton Roaf was the first black woman, and only the second woman of any color, to sit on the Arkansas Supreme Court.

After teaching for a year at UALR's Law School, she moved into private practice, where she remained until then-Gov. Jim Guy Tucker appointed her to the Arkansas Supreme Court. She went on to serve as a judge for the Arkansas Court of Appeals for about six years.

In 1996, she received the Gayle Pettus Pontz Outstanding Arkansas Woman Attorney award from the University of Arkansas.

19. Lottie H. Shackelford
Lottie Shackelford is a 30-year veteran of the tough game of politics and has been elected and re-elected vice chair of the Democratic National Committee since 1989.

In 1987, she became the first woman elected mayor of Little Rock. In 1993, President Bill Clinton made her the first black woman on the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corp.

The Little Rock native was secretary, vice chair and chair of the Arkansas State Democratic Committee. Shackelford also worked as the campaign manager for the Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign in 1992. She was later named co-director of intergovernmental affairs for the Clinton transition team.

20. Rodney E. Slater
Rodney Slater served in several state government positions under Gov. Bill Clinton and became the first black director of the Federal Highway Administration when Clinton became president.

In 1997, the Marianna native was elevated to Secretary of Transportation, where he helped pass several historic legislative initiatives – including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, which invested $200 billion in surface transportation. He also fostered the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century, which provided $46 billion to improve the safety and security of America's aviation system.

Slater, a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, is now a partner at the Patton Boggs law firm in Washington, D.C. He is also a partner in the James Lee Witt Associates crisis and emergency management consulting firm and is part owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team.



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