There are few Arkansans - women or men - who have spoken more eloquently on the cause of civil rights and social justice than Dorothy D. Stuck. In the turbulent era of the late 1950s through the 1970s, she was a leading and sometimes lone, voice in calling for equality for all in Arkansas. But it was not just her voice that made an impact, it was her actions as well. Moving from her role in the enforcement of civil rights legislation, she put actions behind her words. Her recognition with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's highest award gives testimony to her success.
The lure of her beloved home state of Arkansas led to her return home and renew her efforts here. She became a charter member of the board of Southern Bancorp, an Arkansas based development banking organization devoted to providing economic opportunities for organizations, businesses and individuals in Arkansas's most distressed areas. She joined the Southern board during the year of its founding - 1985 - and remains an active member 30 years later. In her "spare" time she was a full-time partner in Little Rock's first female-owned management and publications firm, Stuck & Snow Consultants, breaking new ground for women in the world of business. She also co-founded, with five other women, The Wilowe Institute in Arkansas, a nonprofit leadership development organization for those individually excluded from leadership roles.
Dorothy Stuck has been an inspirational leader throughout her career and life. Her local leadership led to her election as a delegate to the 1969-1970 Arkansas Constitutional Convention where she was the only women delegate to chair a major committee, the committee on suffrage and elections.
Often introduced as an "Arkansas Legend," it can easily be said that her courage in a time of democratic upheaval has earned her well deserved admiration and respect.