The Ninth Annual Oliver W. Hill and Samuel W. Tucker Scholarship Dinner was recently held at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in downtown Richmond. Each year, the dinner raises funds for future scholarships presented to first-year law students at Virginia law schools and Howard University. Applicants submit essays and recipients are chosen based on academic excellence and a desire to follow the examples of civil rights attorneys Hill and Tucker. Three scholarship winners were recognized at the dinner. The highest award went to Kathleen L. Pritts of Washington & Lee Law School. In her essay, Kathleen wrote, “Although the prejudice of others has hurt me, I am thankful for the hard work and success of those who have gone before me.”
Tiffany Webb and Jarrette M. Pittman, both of William & Mary School of Law also received awards. Daphne Maxwell Reid, an actress and owner of New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, was master of ceremonies. Journalist Juan Williams was the featured speaker. Williams is a news analyst on National Public Radio and author of a biography of Thurgood Marshall and Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. Delegate Jennifer L.McClellan and Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones also spoke at the program. The event was sponsored by the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, the scholarship committee, and the Holocaust Museum.