Hall of Fame

Each year a committee will select three members for its Hall of Fame. These are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the treatment and recovery among African Americans. The 2019 recipients are: John Lucas II, Arthur C. Evans Jr., Hattie Wash, Benneth Lee, and Bakahia Reed Madison.


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John Lucas II, was the first player selected in the 1976 NBA Draft. Lucas was cut from the Houston Rockets in 1986 due to behaviors related to his active addiction. In recovery he has spent nearly 3 decades providing recovery support, mentoring and coaching to professional basketball  players who were suspended for violating the league’s drug policy. He coached and mentored them following their primary treatment experiences. It was said of the team of suspended athletes that he coached and mentored in the 1990's that they were talented enough to beat some NBA teams. During that era the NBA had a stigmatized reputation as a drug using league. Lucas's interventions played a major role in decreasing that stigma and saving careers. His interventions preceded our current movement towards the use of recovery coaches and recovery oriented systems of care. He shared his recovery story all over the country and encouraged NBA Stars like Michael Jordan to do prevention presentations for youth. His memoir is entitled, Winning A Day at A Time.

In Recovery Lucas became an NBA coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggetts. He started a foundation and basketball camp in Houston Texas to help promising young basketball players succeed in life and sports. He is currently the player development coach of the Houston Rockets.  

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Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD. Is currently the CEO Of the American Psychological Association. Prior to his work at the APA he was Commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Service. In this position he led a movement to realign the departments delivery model towards a public heath approach and a focus on recovery which improved behavioral health outcomes in the city of Philadelphia. Historian William White, MA called the work led by Dr. Evans, "A Recovery Revolution In Philadelphia!" People have made a "pilgrimage" from all over the world to learn how the city of Philadelphia successfully shifted from the acute care model towards a Recovery Oriented System of Care with Arthur's leadership. They have used the knowledge gained to begin to transform the systems they serve.  In Philadelphia people in recovery now have a voice in all levels of programming. The slogan, "nothing about us, without us" is alive in Philadelphia. There are hundreds of murals throughout the city which tell stories of recover, abandoned buildings and warehouses have been transformed to recovery drop in centers and recovery homes, and multiple pathways of recovery options are available. They even have a recovery basketball league.

Dr. Evans has received numerous awards for his innovative work in the recovery arena, including, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's advocates for Action, The American Medical Association's top government award in heath care, and the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for his leadership in transforming Philadelphia's Behavioral Heath System.

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Hattie Wash, Psy.D, CSADC CODP II has worked in behavioral health for 4 decades. She is a pioneer and leading expert in culturally Specific Treatment for African Americans with Substance Use Disorders. DR. Wash was one of the first Presidents of a Chapter of the National Black Alcoholism Council. She opened one of the first halfway houses in the nation for African American women seeking recovery during the heights of crack cocaine epidemic. Dr. Wash’s influence in the addictions field ranges from micro practice, advocacy, teaching, training, thought leadership, mentorship, writing and entrepreneurship.

As a micro-practitioner, leader and administrator Dr. Wash has specialized in medication assisted treatment and recovery, mental health, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders treatment with emphasis on Culturally specific programming in African American Communities. In 1988 Dr. Wash developed and published a culturally specific model designed for the treatment of African Americans with substance use disorders. The book is entitled, Culturally Specific Treatment: A model For The Treatment of African American Clients, revised in 2018. The model has been adopted by numerous organizations including EMAGES an organization founded by Dr. Wash which provides addictions, mental health, anger management and sex offender services. She has educated and mentored numerous professionals throughout the years.

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Benneth Lee, MA, CADC, Benneth Lee is a leader in the addictions recovery, gang prevention/violence prevention, and prison reentry/advocacy movements. He is founder and Executive Director of The National Alliance For The Empowerment of The Formerly Incarcerated. Benneth's leadership and advocacy were apparent early in his life. As a leader of one of the 3 largest street gangs in Chicago, in the 1960's he and the leaders of the 3  gangs in collaborated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to form LSD (Vice-lords, Stones, and Disciples). They successfully advocated for construction companies operating in African American Communities to hire African American construction workers. Benneth was incarcerated 15 of the first 30 years of his life for gang and drug related offenses. While incarcerated in the early 1980's he successfully organized inmates to stop cleaning the prison at "slave wages" until the prison re-instated educational and vocational programs which help the incarcerated rehabilitate.

Benneth celebrates 34 years of addictions recovery and has received numerous awards for his practice and advocacy for persons seeking recovery, transitioning from gangs, and reentering society from prison including: the Addictions Professional of the Year Award in Illinois, Johnson Institute Award for persons in recovery making a difference and the Project Safe Neighborhood award given by the FBI. Benneth currently organizes reentry circles to help persons leaving prison successfully return to society. He organizes voter registrations drives, negotiates gang truces and helps gang members leave gangs. He has been described as a man who could "single-handedly stop a riot." A riveting spellbinding speaker, he has delivered presentations throughout the United States, Israel and Ghana, West Africa. His audiences include, judges, police and probation officers and addictions professionals. He teaches Sociology and Gang Intervention courses at Northeastern Illinois University and North Park College. He also Teaches Martin Luther King's approach to non-violence in Urban Communities. His story is chronicled in the book, Chicken Soup for The Recovering Soul and a recent TED Talk entitled, When Do Prisoners Wrongs End and Their Rights Begin?

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Bakahia Reed Madison, PsyD, LCPC, CADC, Dr Madison is honored for her successful work in several arenas including: education, direct practice, leadership, board membership and advocacy. Currently, Dr. Madison is the Chair and Professor of Human Services and Substance Abuse Counseling Program at Oakton Community College. She is the former Director of Women’s and Children programs for one  of the largest treatment center in Chicago Illinois. She co-founded the Illinois Coalition of Family Based Treatment.  She served as a member of the National Family Based Director’s Coalition and Allies. She currently serves as an executive board member of the Women’s Committee of the Illinois Advisory Committee of Substance Use, Prevention, and Recovery. She was appointed to the Maternal Mortality Violent Crimes committee, and a member of the Illinois Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome committee.

As a National advocate, Dr. Madison has championed alternative sentencing for women with non- violent offenses and human trafficking victims; additionally, she advocated for pregnant and postpartum women (PPW) funding developed an advisory chapter to address shackling during labor and delivery, and low- income housing impacting women and young black males. Regionally, she has coordinated advocacy days in six states that addressed, substance use disorders treatment funding, mental health services, hate crimes, food insecurities, environmental injustices, and prison reform. 


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Clara McBride-Hale (1905-1992) known as "Mother Hale" Clara founded Hale House in New York City. The home was a place for children who were prenatally exposed to heroin in the 1960' and 70's, and for children exposed to cocaine in the 1980's and 90's and children born HIV Positive. Clara's father died when she was young. Her mother died when she was 16, leaving Clara orphaned. She finished high school and married Thomas Hale who soon died of cancer leaving Clara to care for their 3 small children. It seems that through her experiences of loss she found her purpose, to mother thousands of children who needed to be cared for.

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Malcolm X (Malcolm Little, el-Hagg Malik el-Shabazz, 1925-1965) the noted Human Rights activist, recovered from addiction through his conversion to Islam. Malcolm viewed addiction among African Americans as a failed escape from oppression and championed assertive outreach to African Americans with Addictions in communities and prisons (a practice he referred to as "fishing for the dead") to rescue African American men and women addicted to alcohol and other drugs. His Autobiography, Malcolm X has inspired scores of African Americans to recover.

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H. Westley Clark is the former Director of The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). Under Dr. Clark's leadership we witnessed some of the greatest innovations in Addictions treatment and recovery. He helped create the Recovery Community Services Programs, which involved peer to peer recovery support. He was involved in the development of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, and the Presidential Faith Based Initiative Access to Recovery. During his tenure CSAT championed programs which addressed the needs of under-served and under-represented communities, including: persons with co-occurring disorders; HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C; military families; persons in rural and urban settings; LGBQ, gender and racial/ethinic disparities. Dr Clark was also a leader in the medication assisted treatment arena. He led a movement which led to 12,000 doctors becoming certified to administer Buprenorphine.

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Danny K. Davis, The U.S. Congressman from Illinois co-authored a bill in congress to expunge the records of non-violent offenders. Many of these offenders were incarcerated for felony convictions for drug related offenses. Congressman Davis is a champion for challenges which impact African American communities, including: mental illness, unemployment, homelessness and addictions. He leads an annual recovery walk on the westside of Chicago during Recovery Month.

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Lonnetta Albright, former Executive Director of the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GLATTC). Under her leadership GLATTC helped affiliate states shift from an acute care model of addictions treatment towards recovery management and recovery oriented systems of care. Her decision to publish numerous monographs on these subjects played a major role in a worldwide Recovery Revolution. As a result of her leadership, the field of addictions treatment and recovery will never be the same. In addition to her impact on recovery, Lonnetta has impacted the addictions field by mentoring numerous emerging leaders.


The Hall of Fame Committee has selected three professionals for the 2017 class. The professionals selected includes: Brother Earl Cannamore (Post Humanus, 1995) for his outstanding contributions to addictions recovery in the African American Community through his educational videos which have been viewed nationwide for over two decades; Carl C. Bell, M.D. for contributions to the field through innovative approaches to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention and intervention strategies; Ijeoma Achara-Abraham, PsyD a worldwide leader in shifting the addictions field from the acute care model towards a recovery oriented system of care. You can scroll down to learn more about these outstanding professionals.


Ijeoma Achara- Abraham, PsyD is one of the nations foremost experts in helping to shift the addictions field from the acute care models towards a Recovery Oriented System of care. An approach that support recovery across the life span, is culturally sensitive and anchored in the natural environment. Ijeoma served on the faculty of Yale University and was Director of Strategic Planning for the Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services for the City of Phiadelphia. Ijeoma is a consultant to whole states, helping to transform their behavioral health programming systems wide.

Brother Earl Cannamore (1995), the career of Earl Cannamore was influenced by the work of the late, great Father Joseph Martin, a Jesuit Priest who helped reduce the stigma of addiction through his public testimony of recovery as a priest and his renowned educational videos on addictions, the "Chalk Talk Series." Earl once stated, "I chose the name Brother Earl because I was inspired by Father Martin. His videos were called, Chalk Talk. My first video was called, Street Talk to reflect the black urban population I worked with." Earl Cannamore created a number of educational videos that have been utilized in treatment centers and prisons nationwide for the past two decades. His videos include: Street Talk; What Problem; Recovery The Gift; Cocaine Monkey; Goodbye Cocaine and Our Father.

Dr. Carl C. Bell, M.D. has impacted addictions prevention, intervention and recovery for over 30 years. First, through his groundbreaking research on the impact of community violence on African American youth and intervention strategies. His work was ahead of the field in that we are just now learning about the link between trauma and substance use disorders and the need for early interventions to address trauma. He has done extensive work both in the written form and in speeches describing mental health and substance abuse protective factors within African American Communities. Perhaps his most important contribution to the addictions field thus far is his direct practice as a psychiatrist and writings on the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and intervention strategies in African American Communities.


Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), who played a pivotal role in the abolition of slavery in the United States, was also a leading temperance advocate. Douglass viewed ritualized drunkenness (drinking contests for slaves hosted by slave masters) as part of the machinery of slavery and viewed sobriety as a key strategy in the emancipation and full citizenship of African-Americans.    


Andrea Barthwell, M.D., FASAM, is founder and CEO of Two Dreams addiction treatment program.  She is a former president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and served as Director of Demand Reduction at the office of the National Drug Control Policy under President George W. Bush.


Peter Bell, an early advocate for addressing the special needs of African Americans within addiction treatment in the Unites States, co-founded and, for fifteen years, served as executive director of the Institute on Black Chemical Abuse.  He is the author of Chemical Dependency and the African American, The Black Alcoholic: Growing Up Black and Proud (A Substance Abuse Prevention Curriculum for African Americans) and Cultural Pain and African Americans.