The first African-American graduate of Hendrix College, Linda received the first Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship from Hendrix for promoting understanding among the races. A state representative, and a retired educator and chairperson of the Black Caucus of the National Education Association, she is a member of the House Education Committee and the House, Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee. She was named Distiguished Alumna of Hendrix in 2000. She earned a B.S. degree in history and political science from Hendrix and a M.S. degree in education from Ouachita Baptist University.