More Nominees Announced for Black Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: May 11, 2008

NOVA SCOTIA — The 2008 Black Ice Hockey And Sports Hall Of Fame Halifax Committee has announced six special nominees for the third Black Ice Hockey And Sports Hall of Fame under the Builders/Total Sports category. All inductees will be announced on Thursday, May 15.

The nominations are:

Harold Mills: Harold Mills is a retired boat racing pioneer and award winning driver. In 2002 he received the Association For Diversity In Motorsports Trailblazer Award. Harold Mills is the first African American man to race at Seattle’s Seafair (2004) as well as the first ever black hydroplane national champion of the American Power Boat Racing Association.

Tyrone Williams: Tyrone Williams is a retired wide receiver who played in the National Football League as well as the Canadian Football League. He won two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII. He later won the 84th Grey Cup as a member of the Toronto Argonauts.

Wayne Smith: Wayne Smith was born May 23, 1947 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From 1969 to 1980 he played as a defensive end in the Canadian Football League. During his twelve year career, ge played for five teams (Ottawa Roughriders, British Columbia Lions, Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger Cats, Saskatchewan Roughriders). He was a CFL All-Star two times.

Reuben Mayes: Reuben Mayes played in the National Football League from 1986 to 1993. He was drafted in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He proceeded to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award that year. Although his NFL career was hampered by injuries, he was named to the Pro Bowl twice. Mayes played four seasons with the Saints before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for the final two years. In his NFL career, he carried the ball 866 times for 3,484 yards. He scored 23 touchdowns.

Beresford Augustus Husbands (1883-1968): Beresford Augustus Husbands, (A.K.A “B.A.”) was born in Barbados in 1883. He Founded the Halifax Colored Citizens Improvement League,which embodied the Black Population, in all aspects of cultural, educational, and recreational.. He was responsible for the establishing of youth black hockey teams in the Halifax Region after World War Two. He also organized annual black family picnics,opended local schools & miitary gyms for weekly recreation for black youths, held tag days for local youth fund raisers. In the later years of his life, he was a recipient of the Order of the British Empire.

Brad Barton: Brad Barton is an International Volleyball Referee. He has officiated at 3 Olympic Games, and held many esteemed offices in the sport. He is a retired school Principal and School administrative officer. He has received the Order of Canada for his outstanding sports contributions and community efforts.

The third Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall Of Fame Conference scheduled for August 15-16, 2008 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada is designed to be a forum for the celebration, promotion, and understanding of the Black Athlete and his or her role in North American Society.

The Conference offers scholars and students of Black Sports History a chance to come together for the purposes of meeting and networking all the while engaging in intellectual dialogue through comparative discussions and scholarly debate on various topics pertaining to the history of Black Sports.

Topics may include, but are not limited to the Black experience in terms of individual athletes, their achievements and life histories, their struggles for self- identity, their gender, individual self-labor, the role of slavery and its impact on sports and individuals, the role of religion, the educational process, and Black nationalism.

The purpose of the Hall of Fame Conference is to lay the foundation for a permanent Black Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame in Nova Scotia in an effort to usher in a new era of ideas and discussions on the historic evolution of North American Sports and the important role that Black Men and Women have played in reshaping American and Canadian sporting cultures.