Nolan Richardson to be celebrated during Nov. 28 public reception

Nolan Richardson (Courtesy photo)

Former Razorback head basketball coach Nolan Richardson, one of four recipients of the 2012 Silas Hunt Legacy Award, will be celebrated from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 in the Multicultural Center inside the Arkansas Union on the University of Arkansas campus.

Other 2012 recipients include Roderick McDavis of Athens, Ohio; C.C. Mercer, L.L.B.’55, of Little Rock; and Marjorie Wilkins Williams, B.S.’59, of San Antonio, Texas.

Each recipient will interact with students while participating in a variety of on-campus events throughout the 2011-12 academic year. The final celebration of the year, a black-tie event, will be held in April 2012.

The Silas Hunt Legacy Award was created by the university in 2005 and first awarded in 2006. This year’s recipients were nominated and selected by a volunteer selection committee of University of Arkansas faculty, students, professional staff and former recipients.

About Silas Hunt


On Feb. 2, 1948, Silas Hunt became the first African-American student in modern times to attend a major Southern public university when he was admitted without litigation into the University of Arkansas School of Law. Hunt, who grew up in Texarkana, was a veteran of World War II and earned his undergraduate degree at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Hunt died of tuberculosis in the spring of 1949 before finishing his law degree.

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