"The Madame Walker Theatre Center has announced the first inductees into its Madam C.J. Walker Hall of Fame. The 2006 honorees are five women “whose accomplishments mirror those of beauty mogul Madam C.J. Walker,” according to Cynthia Bates, president of the Madame Walker Theatre Center.The inductees include Mildred Morgan-Ball, who helped change the face of women’s athletics as the assistant commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association; Alpha Blackburn, entrepreneur, philanthropist, arts activist and president and CEO of Blackburn Architects; Annie L. Mayes, an esteemed educator and children’s advocate who worked as an Indianapolis Public Schools teacher and principal for more than 30 years, including being the first female principal of historical Crispus Attucks School; Dr. Martha Mitchell, who devoted her life to the pursuit of educational excellence and served as an educator, principal and administrator at IPS for more than 35 years; and Delores Kennedy-Willams, who is being honored for her leadership roles in two national African-American women’s organizations: Women’s Missionary Society AME Church and Black Women’s Agenda. She also founded the Missionary on the Move (M.O.M.) program.
The Hall of Fame ceremony is part of the Madame Walker Center 80th anniversary celebration and will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Madame Walker Theatre Building. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the Walker box office at 317-236-2099. For more information go to www.walkertheatre.com."""