(LITTLE ROCK, AR) The Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus (ADBC), an auxiliary unit of the Arkansas Democratic Party, elected new officers on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Shorter College in North Little Rock. Debrah Mitchell of North Little Rock was elected president.

“I’m excited and honored to serve. It is my desire to help bring a new vision and energy to the Black Caucus. With roughly 70 days until midterm elections, we have a great deal of work to do and I look forward to working with the newly elected leadership team to help secure victories for Arkansas Democrats up and down the ballot in November,” said Mitchell.

“The Caucus needs to capture the current anti-Trump political energy among the African-Americans voters and use that to mobilize, motivate, and increase turnout and voter engagement.”

The other officers elected included:

First Vice President: Ethan Dunbar of Lewisville

Second Vice President: Diana Thomas of Little Rock

Secretary: Dr. Cheryl Felder-Stuart of Lewisville

Asst. Secretary: Kristina Gulley of North Little Rock

Treasurer: Michael Pridgeon, CPA of Little Rock


(LITTLE ROCK) – Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee and New York State Assemblyman of the 79th district in the Bronx, Michael Blake will serve as the keynote speaker for the 14th Annual King-Kennedy Dinner.

“Assemblyman Blake is a dynamic, youthful trailblazer in the Democratic Party and we are grateful to have him in Arkansas,” said Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus President Ted Davis. “He played a dominate role in the election and in the administration of President Barack Obama. Assemblyman Blake’s focus is on strengthening minority-women-owned businesses to have greater access to capital, contracting and opportunities, so they hire community residents and empower our neighborhoods as a whole.  He believes as do many of us that economic development, education and equality are key elements to changing the status quo,” added Davis.

The son of Jamaican immigrants, Blake graduated from Northwestern University and pursued a career in journalism before entering the political arena in 2006 with  the “Yes We Can” training program. He then managed three winning state legislative races in Michigan, became President Obama’s 2008 Iowa caucus constituency vote director, and served in eight additional states, including Michigan, where his team won all seven races as part of their Coordinated campaign. Blake later served as White House associate director of public engagement and deputy associate director of the office of intergovernmental affairs. In 2012 Blake was national deputy operation vote director for President Obama.

The Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus will host its annual dinner on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Metroplex Event Center in Little Rock, AR. A VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner following at 7 p.m. The event was established in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities.  This year eight Arkansans who have positively impacted the state are set to be honored.

Blake sits on the board of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, is an honorary national co-chair of the New Leaders Council and in 2016 became the first sitting elected official to serve as a fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics.

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at


(LITTLE ROCK) – Eight Arkansans who have positively impacted the state are set to be honored by the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus at the 14th Annual King-Kennedy Dinner on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock, AR. A VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner following at 7 p.m.

This year’s honorees include:

Irma Hunter Brown Women’s Leadership Award
Kandi N. Hughes, Esq., Little Rock
Attorney at Southwest Power Pool

Thomas E. Patterson Education Award
Lloyd Jackson, Hot Springs
Deputy Superintendent of the Hot Springs School District

Annie Abrams Community Service Award
Michael F. Johninson Sr., Little Rock
Founder and Executive Director of Compassion In Action

Jerry Jewel Government Leadership Award
The Late John M. Lewellen, Little Rock
Former State Representative

Calvin King Economic Development Award
Dr. Karama Neal, Little Rock
Chief Operating Officer of Southern Bancorp Community Partners

President’s Award
Cynthia Sims, Pine Bluff
Education Counselor at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Charolette Tidwell, Ft. Smith
Founder of Antioch for Youth and Family

President’s Award – Lifetime Achievement
Carol Willis, McGhee
Political Aide to President Bill Clinton

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at

About the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus

The Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus (ADBC) was established in 1982 as an extension of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. It provides a vehicle, within the Democratic Party of Arkansas, to address the concerns of African-Americans. The objective of this organization is to achieve proportionate representation of African-American Democratic public officials, elected or appointed in Arkansas; foster election of and monitor the performance of all elected officials and disseminate information to the African-American community through effective communication.