Good Morning America broadcasts nationwide Black History tribute honoring Little Rock civil rights icon Annie Abrams

Good Morning America broadcasts nationwide Black History tribute honoring Little Rock civil rights icon Annie Abrams

Front porch celebration included Annie McDaniel Abrams ‘street naming’ and $25,000 Wells Fargo donation

BCN Executive Editor Wesley Brown – Feb. 1, 20 — Little Rock’s Black History Month celebration kicked off in strong fashion after Good Morning America surprised civil rights icon Annie McDaniel Abrams with a street sign named in her honor.

On set from their New York City studio, GMA hosts Michael Strahan, Robin Roberts, and George Stephanopoulos kicked off today’s show with a tribute to Abrams and her work mentoring “The Little Rock Nine” that integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1959.

“This morning we are celebrating a Black History hero who is the epitome of kindness, community and strength,” said Strahan. After Strahan and White’s introduction, GMA panned to Abrams’ historic downtown home where dozens had gathered to surprise Abrams on her front doorstep in Little Rock with GMA national reporter Janai Norman.

“There is no place in Little Rock like Annie Abrams front porch, am I right guys,” Norman said as the crowd cheered. ‘This is where (Abrams) is known to hold court. It is a place where people feel comfortable just coming to chat, asking questions getting Ms. Annie’s advice.”

Afterwards, Norman knocked on Abrams’ door and the still active 90-year-old community leader and her daughter, Pamela Abrams, came to door dressed fashionably in traditional Black History Month attire. GMA then showed a five-minute documentary video of Abrams’ civil rights work across the city, state, and nation with tributes from Mayor Franks Scott Jr., Little Rock Central Principal Nancy Rousseau, Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore, and many others.

“She is Black History. She has earned her place,” concluded Pam, her oldest daughter.

Following the video tribute, which was broadcast on GMA and ABC networks nationwide, Abrams expressed utter surprise and smiled as she greeted dozens of cheering onlookers that had gathered on her front porch and yard.

“Oh God, I feel like a little girl having a birthday party,” said Abrams, whose annual Sept. 25 birthday celebrations are well-known and attended in the Little Rock area

Calling Abrams, a “force of nature,’ Moore then presented the Little Rock civil rights leader with her namesake street sign. Norman then followed that up with a surprise $25,000 donation from West Coast banking giant Wells Fargo to the Annie Abrams Living Legacy Award Scholarship at Ouachita University in her honor.

“Wells Fargo is proud to support the Ouachita University student leader scholarship and celebrate the legacy of Ms. Annie Abrams whose life-long commitment to empowering communities is an inspiration for us all,” Wells Fargo spokeswoman Camille Brewer told To view the entire GMA tribute, go here.


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