On February 2, 1948, Silas Hunt became the first black student in modern times to attend a major Southern public university when he was admitted to the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Hunt, of Texarkana, was an African American veteran of World War II. His attendance at the university was brief, but significant in that it left a legacy of possibility and inspiration for countless other underrepresented Americans in Arkansas and across the nation.
The Silas Hunt Legacy Award Celebration pays tribute to this spirit by honoring individuals who have made a significant impact on the University of Arkansas, the
state of Arkansas, the nation and the world