Ozell Sutton

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Ozell Sutton


Sutton, Ozell, 1925-2015
Civil rights
Distinguished Alumnus

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  • BA - Political Science, Philander Smith College
  • Certified in Conflict Resolution, Institution for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Washington DC
  • Certified Mediation and Dispute Settlement, National Center for Dispute Settlement of American Arbitration Association, New York, NY


  • Civil Rights Activist
  • 1st Black Journalist at the Arkansas Democrat
  • Regional Director, Southeast Region Community Relations Service, U. S. Department of Justice
  • Field Representative, U. S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service
  • State Supervisor for CRS, Arkansas
  • Special Assistant to Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, AR
  • Assistant Director, Arkansas Council on Human Relations
  • Director of Arkansas Council of Human Relations
  • Relocation and Rehabilitation Supervisor, Little Rock Housing Authority
  • U. S. Marine Corps (WWII)
  • Justice Department Community Relations Service Official, Las Angeles, CA (Rebuilding after the LA Riots)
  • Lecturer
  • Author, "From Yonder to Here": A Memoir of Dr. Ozell Sutton


  • Supported the Little Rock Nine by acting as decoy during the desegreation of Little Rock, Central High School.
  • Marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama
  • Was present at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN when Dr. King was murdered in 1968.
  • Executive Board of the National Black Leadership Roundtable
  • Chair, Great Issues Forum of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Chair, Executive Committee of the Voter Education Project
  • Executive Board, NAACP, Atlanta Branch
  • Board of Trustees, Friendship Baptist Church
  • Board of Trustees, Philander Smith College
  • Board of Directors, Metropolitan¬†Atlanta Crime Commission
  • Member, Public Safety¬†Task Force
  • 26th General President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Chairperson, National Assault on Illiteracy
  • Founding member of the Executive Board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Co-Chair, Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition

Honors and Awards

  • Congressional Gold Medal, President Barack Obama, 2012
  • Medal of Freedom, NAACP
  • Arkansas Black Hall of Fame
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Philander Smith College
  • The Ozell Sutton Medal of Justice, Philander Smith College
  • 100 Most Influential Black Americans, Ebony Magazine
  • PSC Distinguished Alumnus, 1968


Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. (2016). Ozell Sutton. Retrieved from http://arblackhalloffame.org/honorees/ozell-sutton/

Leovy, J. (2015, December 21). Ozell Sutton dies at 90; longtime civil rights activist. LA Times. Retrieved from http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/lameozellsutton20151222story.
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Ozell Sutton (1925-2015). Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. Retrieved from http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entrydetail.

A call to courage. (2009, Fall/Winter). The Philanderian.

About the author. (1988, October 20). The Centennial Choir in Performance "The Black Experience in America" [Program]. PSC Digital Archive. Retrieved from https://pscdigitalarchive.omeka.net/files/show/291

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