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 2018 recipients are: Clara McBride Hale, Malcolm X, Dr. H. Westley Clark, Congressman Danny K. Davis, and Lonetta Albright.


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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.