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This oral history project is an evolving historical record. Additional participants in this project are needed in order to contribute to the legacy of African American history at Villanova. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in being interviewed as part of this project, please contact Tom Mogan at 610-519-4212 or email@example.com.
Materials, documents, and photographs are also needed for the website. If you have any materials to donate, please use the contact information above. Photographs and other materials can be scanned and returned to the original owner.
Black Villanova: An Oral History was launched October 2011 at a reception during Villanova's annual Homecoming festivities. Interviews with alumni have subsequently been conducted in Florida, New York City and on the campus of Villanova University. The project's website was unveiled at the "Back and Black: Celebration of the African American Experience at Villanova" event on October 27, 2012. This event brought back to Villanova's campus many participants of the project to re-unite and to re-connect with each other and with their alma mater.
Every attempt has been made to ensure the historical accuracy of the events described in the interviews and in the accompanying documents. The possibility exists that there may be errors and ommissions. Please feel free to contact the project's coordinator, Tom Mogan, at 610-519-4212 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns.
Hardge Davis, Jr. graduated from Villanova in 1970 and was a founding member of the Black Student League. Hardge was also a member of the track and field team where he was a standout quarter-mile sprinter from 1966-1970. He won three NCAA championships, five Penn Relays Championship of America titles, and six IC4A crowns. His list of championships included:
3 x NCAA Mile Relay champion (1968i, 1968, 1970)
3 x Penn Relays Mile Relay champion (1968, 1969, 1970)
2 x Penn Relays Sprint Medley champion (1969, 1970)
5 x IC4A Mile Relay champion (1968i, 1968, 1969i, 1969, 1970)
1 x IC4A 440-yard Relay champion (1968)
After his graduation in 1970, Hardge went on to Seton Hall Law School, from which he earned his JD degree in 1977. He practiced law in New Jersey until his death. Davis also served his country as a member of the US Marine Corps Reserve.
Hardge Davis Jr., Esq., 65, made his transition on May 31, 2013. The celebration of his life will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. James A.M.E. Church, 588 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Newark, N.J. Visitation is Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Arrangements are by Whigham Funeral Home. Hardge was a resident of East Orange, N.J. He was a 1970 graduate of Villanova University with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a 1977 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. A former partner of the law firm Brown-Robinson, Davis and Davis and Wearing, Esquires, in 1999 he became a sole legal practitioner in Newark and East Orange, N.J. Hardge was a U.S. Marine Reserve veteran. He was the beloved husband of Jacquelyn Rucker Davis, Esq.; devoted father of Selina Jewel Davis, M.D., and Solana Ardienne Davis; son of the late Hardge Sr. and Narsis Davis; dear brother of Margaret N. Johnson, Mollie Davis and the late Frank Davis; brother-in- law of Jill Rucker Simmons (Edwin Dudley Simmons) and Mark Rucker (Phyllis Rucker). He is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to The United Negro College Fund, 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr., Fairfax, Va. 22031 or www.uncf.org.
Former Villanova student-athlete George Leftwich '65 was recently featured in the Washington Post as he retired from his post as athletic director at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington D.C.