Bishop D.L. Lindsey Recognized During Black History Month

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — In honor of Black History Month, the City of North Little Rock will highlight 12 distinguished African American leaders that have North Little Rock (NLR) roots and the contributions they have made locally, nationally and internationally. The community event will be held at 10 a.m., today in the Council Chambers. 

On the list is Bishop D.L. Lindsey, the first African American to serve on the NLR City Council, the NLR Chamber of Commerce, and the NLR Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors. He will be available to field questions and share experiences. The community is invited to attend. Please contact Shara Brazear, Director of Communications for the City, at 501.351.2714 or [email protected] with questions or if you need more information.

Lindsey has served on the Board of Directors of Centennial Bank, North Little Rock Housing and Facilities, Arkansas State Labor Board, and the YMCA of Pulaski County. He also served as Urban Renewal Commissioner, Coordinator of Citizens Participation in Model Cities Program and on the Governor’s Commission on School District Reorganization. Nationally, Lindsey served on the Judiciary Board, National Housing Board and as Chairman of the Board for Saints Academy in Lexington, Miss. Professionally, Lindsey served as Principal of George Washington Carter in Allport, Ark. “Bishop Lindsey has mentored a diverse group of ministers and laymen from different cultures during his career in business and ministry,” said Dr. Arnessa Bennett, Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion for the City of NLR. “At age 97, he is still active and sharing his wisdom to young and old.”  

Lindsey became the owner of Lindsey’s Barbecue in 1956, a thriving business in NLR that later expanded to Lindsey’s Barbeque and Hospitality House. His son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Eleanor Lindsey, now operate Lindsey’s Hospitality House and are carrying on the family tradition in NLR. 

Lindsey is CEO of Lindsey’s Enterprises which is a further expansion of his vision that seeks to help individuals in need in NLR. Mayor Terry Hartwick shared, “Bishop Lindsey is a successful, North Little Rock business owner, and has set a great example for others in our community through his gentle, yet stellar character.” 

Lindsey’s education consists of a Bachelor of Arts from Little Rock’s Arkansas Baptist College, graduate work at Fisk University and at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). He holds an honorary doctorate degree from Arkansas Baptist College and from Shorter College. Some of the other honorees that will be recognized this month: Phyllis Stickney, Scipio Jones, Pharoah Sanders, Al Bell, and Ed Miles.