Alcorn’s Whitney to be honored

Published 12:01am Thursday, January 12, 2012

From school reports

LORMAN — Former Alcorn State men’s basketball Coach Davey L. Whitney Sr. will be honored by the Magnolia Bar Association at 7 p.m. Friday at the Marriott Hotel in Jackson.

Whitney will be one of the recipients of the Harriet Tubman Awards, the Magnolia Bar’s annual awards for community leadership. The awards will be presented at the mid-winter banquet to Mississippians from each of the state’s five regional districts who have distinguished themselves as trailblazers and stalwarts in the fields of business, civil rights, religion and/or politics.

As the head coach at ASU, Whitney amassed a record of 509-292 and produced 12 SWAC Championships. For his hard work and dedication to the program, he was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Magnolia Bar Foundation will also award a $1,000 Scholarship to a Mississippi Law student. Since its inception in 1990, the foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to law students. In addition, more than 450 students have participated in the foundation’s annual girls and boys camps, while a greater number of high school students participated in the foundation’s mock trial competition and were awarded scholarships for their top performance.