Nominations are now open!

The Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus is excited to open the nomination process for the 2020 King Kennedy awards. For the past 15 years, the ADBC has honored deserving individuals, businesses and organizations. 

Nominate Someone

Please take the time to nominate a friend, church member, colleague,  employee, or business who deserves to be celebrated! Consider nominating individuals or organizations whose accomplishments have yet to be publicly acknowledged as well.

How to Nominate

Nomination forms should be completed in full.  Please provide a cover letter detailing why the individual or business is deserving of an award along with the nominee’s biographical profile.  In addition, specify which category you wish for them to be considered and return the nomination form, bio, cover letter, and if needed an additional one-page document to address or email listed on the form. The deadline to apply has been extended to 11:59 p.m.  DECEMBER. 6, 2019. Use this form to nominate 2020 Nomination Award Form

There are two ways to submit:

BY EMAIL:  Subject: Awards Selection Committee; Email:

BY MAIL: Awards Selection Committee, P O Box 55831, Little Rock, AR  72215

The Awards

Nominees can be nominated for more than one category and only one nomination per person is necessary to be considered. Multiple nominations for the same category has no greater weight on the committee’s decision. All nominations will be provided to the awards selection committee for review and decision. There are five categories in which to nominate:

The Irma Hunter Brown Women’s Leadership Award

This award will be presented to a woman of color who fights to make sure that gender bias is overcome by competence, commitment and courage.

The Thomas E. “Pat” Patterson Educational Award

The Education award will be presented to an individual who fights for equality of educational opportunity for students and education employees of color and those who are poor.

The Annie McDaniel Abrams Community Service Award

This award will be presented to an outstanding citizen who through, selfless service, makes a continued contribution to the community at-large, and especially to the African-American Community.

The Dr. Jerry Jewel Government Leadership Award

This award will be presented to an individual who has provided leadership in the political and legislative arena for people of color and people of poverty.

The Calvin King Economic Development Award

This award will be presented to a person of color who demonstrates a commitment to economic empowerment in African-American and poor communities in Arkansas.