First African-American Hendrix graduate speaks at MLK service

Arkansas State Senator Linda Pondexter Chesterfield, the first African-American graduate of Hendrix College, was the featured speaker at a special Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel Service on Monday, Jan. 26, in the college’s Greene Chapel. Chesterfield’s Hendrix education was strongly encouraged and supported by United Methodist clergy and Hendrix alumni, including the late Revs. Jim Beal, Charles McDonald and William Wilder, who insisted that Hendrix take progressive action on student diversity. Relatives of these three clergy visited with Chesterfield before the chapel service. Pictured from left are Mauzel Beal, wife of the Rev. Jim Beal; Chesterfield; current Hendrix students Malachi McDonald, grandson of Charles McDonald; and Beth Ayers, granddaughter of William Wilder. Chesterfield, the recipient of the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship from Hendrix, represents Little Rock in the Arkansas State Senate and is a retired educator and former state representative.  PHOTO BY LEXI ADAMS / HENDRIX COLLEGE OFFICE OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

Arkansas State Senator Linda Pondexter Chesterfield, the first African-American graduate of Hendrix College, was the featured speaker at a special Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel Service on Monday, Jan. 26, in the college’s Greene Chapel.
Chesterfield’s Hendrix education was strongly encouraged and supported by United Methodist clergy and Hendrix alumni, including the late Revs. Jim Beal, Charles McDonald and William Wilder, who insisted that Hendrix take progressive action on student diversity. Relatives of these three clergy visited with Chesterfield before the chapel service. Pictured from left are Mauzel Beal, wife of the Rev. Jim Beal; Chesterfield; current Hendrix students Malachi McDonald, grandson of Charles McDonald; and Beth Ayers, granddaughter of William Wilder.
Chesterfield, the recipient of the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship from Hendrix, represents Little Rock in the Arkansas State Senate and is a retired educator and former state representative.
PHOTO BY LEXI ADAMS / HENDRIX COLLEGE OFFICE OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS