Tuesday, March 07, 2023

Statue of Civil Rights Icon Daisy Bates to Stand in U.S. Capitol

Few Arkansans have left legacies as impactful as that of Daisy Gatson Bates. That legacy will be recognized nationally when a statue memorializing her is added this year to the U.S. Capitol collection.

Co-publisher of the Arkansas State Press, president of the Arkansas NAACP, mentor to the Little Rock Nine, author of The Long Shadow of Little Rock, and delegate to the Electoral College, Bates remains an icon of the movement for civil rights for African Americans. In fact, Bates was the only woman asked to formally address the 1963 March on Washington. You can hear her one-minuute speech here.

To learn more about Bates, visit the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Learn more about Arkansas's new statues and who they replace from UALR Public Radio.

This note was produced by the Chancellor's Commission on Women as part of Women's History Month.

Sunday, March 05, 2023

Samson Dauda wins 2023 Arnold Classic

Samson Dauda won the 2023 Arnold Classic by beating out both Nick Walker and Andrew “Jacked” Obiekea.

Dauda overcame a tough field that also included Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Ellsbiay, Akim Williams, William Bonac and Olympia 212 winner Shaun Clarida.

Dauda’s win at the 2023 AC makes him the 20th bodybuilder to win the Arnold Classic Men’s Open title. The Nigerian Lion’s victory at the AC earns him direct qualification for the 2023 Olympia and makes him $300,000 richer.

Arnold Classic 2023 Results.

1. Samson Dauda ($300,000)

2. Nick Walker ($120,000)

3. Andrew Jacked ($70,000)

4. Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Ellsbiay ($37,500)

5. Shaun Clarida ($20,000)

Jon Jones defeats Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 for heavyweight title

Jon Jones is the new undisputed UFC heavyweight champion of the world, and it didn’t take long for him to get there.

“Bones” took Ciryl Gane down just over a minute into the contest, and the French heavyweight was never able to get back to his feet. Jones climbed into a mounted position and started fishing for a guillotine choke, and after “Bon Gamin” fended off the first attack, he locked in the second attempt, drawing out a quick tap from Gane.

After three years away, Jones needed less than a round to claim the heavyweight throne. In the process, he pushes his record to 27-1 with one No Contest, extending his winning streak to five. This was an absolutely dominant effort from the 35-year-old, who continues to be one of the most incredible talents to ever step into the Octagon.


Saturday, March 04, 2023

President Biden awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam War veteran Col. Paris Davis

Retired Army Col. Paris Davis, a Vietnam veteran and one of the country’s first Black Special Forces officers, received the Medal of Honor from President Biden Friday, nearly 60 years after he was first nominated. President Joe Biden on Friday recognized him with the Medal of Honor for his gallantry during a firefight in the Vietnam War in which he saved his fellow soldiers despite being injured himself in the process.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Congressman Kweisi Mfume Introduces Legislation to Commemorate African American World War II Hero Doris Miller

Today, Congressman Kweisi Mfume (MD-07) announced the introduction of a pair of bills to commemorate the life and legacy of African American Mess Attendant Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mess Attendant Miller manned an anti-aircraft gun and downed enemy planes, despite the fact that the racially segregated steward’s branch of the Navy was not trained to use anti-aircraft guns. Congressman Mfume’s bills seek to award the Medal of Honor and a Congressional Gold Medal to Mess Attendant Miller.

“Today is ‘Dorie Miller Day’ on Capitol Hill. Dorie Miller protected America, and we are all the beneficiaries of his bravery. His valiance is even more admirable because he courageously worked to save a democracy that he could not fully enjoy at that time, as the United States military did not become fully integrated until almost seven years after his heroism in World War II,” said Congressman Mfume. “I am honored to continue the work of my friend, former Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who had fought to give Mess Attendant Miller’s legacy the celebration of the Medal of Honor since 2001. And with my dual-tracked legislative effort to award both the Medal of Honor and a Congressional Gold Medal, Dorie Miller will finally be recognized with an American salute that is long overdue,” he concluded.  

The Life of Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller


  • Born in Waco, Texas on October 12, 1919.

  • Son of Connery and Henrietta Miller.

  • Dropped out of school to support the family farm, worked part-time as a cook in a small restaurant in Waco.

Military Career 

  • Enlisted in the United States Navy in September of 1939.

  • After bootcamp training, was assigned to the USS West Virginia as a messman.

  • Quickly moved up in the ranks from messman to ship’s cook, third class, and was stationed at Pearl Harbor.

  • Black sailors serving in the racially segregated steward’s branch of the Navy were not trained to use anti-aircraft guns.

  • On December 7, 1941, Doris Miller was doing laundry at around 8:00 a.m. when a Japanese torpedo hit his ship, anchored in Pearl Harbor.

  • He rushed to the main deck to help move his mortally wounded captain out of harm’s way and attend to other wounded sailors.

  • He then manned a 0.50-calibre anti-aircraft gun and fired at the attacking planes.

  • According to news stories and other sailors’ accounts, Doris Miller downed 2 to 5 enemy planes before he was forced to abandon ship.

National Awards and the Medal of Honor 

  • Doris Miller was awarded a commendation from the Secretary of the Navy as well as the Navy Cross on May 27, 1942, in a ceremony at Pearl Harbor.

  • The Navy recently commissioned an aircraft carrier to be named after Doris Miller, and the town of Waco, Texas recently unveiled a riverside memorial.

  • Doris Miller has yet to receive the Navy’s highest award, the Medal of Honor.

    • Mr. Miller’s family and friends have fought for decades to convince the Navy to award Doris Miller with the Medal of Honor posthumously.

    • More than 15 cities have expressed support, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution endorsing the effort in 2001.

    • Congress has introduced a resolution in support of the Navy awarding Doris Miller the Medal of Honor every year since 2015.

    • Decisions on military honors are typically reserved for the military, and the Navy has not yet decided to change course on Doris Miller’s status.

Medal of Honor Bill – Doris Miller

  • This bill authorizes the President to award the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration in the United States Armed Forces, to Mess Attendant Doris 'Dorie' Miller.

  • Former Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson had fought to give Mess Attendant Miller’s legacy this recognition since 2001.

  • This legislation is endorsed by the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETs) and the Dorie Miller Medal of Honor Committee. 

Congressional Gold Medal Bill – Doris Miller

  • The second bill of this dual-tracked legislative effort to federally recognize Doris Miller awards him posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States.

  • If approved by Congress, Doris Miller’s family would receive the medal and it would be displayed at the Smithsonian Museum.