We are deeply saddened at the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn. Professor Hilliard-Nunn, who taught in UF's African American Studies Program, was a longtime supporter and contributor to the work of CSRRR. She participated on CSRRR panels, attended Race Center events, and was always available when we needed her insights, expertise and advice.
In October 2008, as CSRRR planned a program to mark the 50th anniversary of desegregation at UF, we asked Dr. Hilliard-Nunn to curate a short documentary on UF and race. The video she created, “First Footsteps: The Struggle for Racial Desegregation at UF,” is fantastic. The film pays tribute to W. George Allen, UF Law’s first Black graduate (and UF's first Black graduate). After watching the documentary, the standing room only audience in the Chesterfield Smith classroom gave Dr. Hilliard-Nunn a standing ovation.
To watch the short documentary, click here
To read a few of the tributes to Dr. Hilliard-Nunn, see President Kent Fuchs' comments on Twitter and stories in the Alligator and The Gainesville Sun.