2016 Fisher-Shackelford Dinner Honorees



Lottie Shackelford Dinner honoring Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder (left) of Dumas and Earnestine Weaver (right) of Forrest City. In keeping with the legacies of the dinner’s namesakes, this year’s honorees have dedicated their lives and careers to public service in Arkansas and have helped advance Democratic ideals and policy. The dinner will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas will be our special guest for the evening. Purchase tickets now! For information about tables and sponsorships, contact Dillon Hupp at (501) 374-2361 or at dhupp@arkdems.org.

The Honorable Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder co-owned the Dumas Clarion newspaper in Dumas in Desha County for more than four decades and served as a Democrat in the Arkansas House of Representatives for 14 years. First appointed by Governor David Pryor, Charlotte was the first woman appointed to the Arkansas Board of Pardons and Parole, and the first female president of the Dumas Chamber of Commerce. She was also president of a number of associations for professional journalists, including the Arkansas Press Women, the Arkansas Press Association, the National Federation of Press Women, and the National Newspaper Association. Serving as a member of the Electoral College in 1993, Charlotte cast one of Arkansas’s six votes for President Bill Clinton.

The Honorable Ernestine Weaver of Forrest City currently serves as a Justice of the Peace on the St. Francis County Quorum Court. She is the vice chair for the Democratic Party of St. Francis County, an active member of the St. Francis County Equalization Board, and a member of the St. Francis County Museum Board. She has served in many capacities representing St. Francis County as a member of the Democratic Party of Arkansas’s State and Executive committees. Earnestine is a long-time member of the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus and has served as an officer in the Arkansas Association of County Officers. As an educator and the secretary of the Forrest City School Board, she has touched the lives of countless students. Ernestine is an active member of the William’s Temple Church of God in Christ. A retired international union representative, she was recognized as “Organizer of the Year” award for three consecutive years.