Ulis Silk

1994 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee

Category: TRACK

Parents: Mother Deliliah Duell (Missionary)
Wife: Velma Silk
Son: Erick A. Silk

Ulus came to Flint in 1941 and grew up in a one parent home. He attended Parkland, Fairview and Clark Elementary Schools, Whittier Jr. High and graduated from Flint Central and Mott Community College.

As a child, Ulus lived across the from Clark school which provided him with always having someone to race. While attending junior high and playing basketball and football, coaches told him he had a great talent for track and field. He was encouraged not to play other sports because he might injure his legs. At Central, taking their advice, he excelled in track. Ulus ran dashes and participated on the cross country team. He later decided to concentrate on the 440 and began setting city and valley records.

He earned five letters in track and received many scholarship offers. In 1952, Ulus won the city 440, tying the cities oldest standing track record set in 1932 with a time of 52 seconds flat. The Saginaw Valley Champion – 44053.3, Regional Champion – 440, 53 seconds flat. He set a Non-Grad track meet record – 440-52.5 seconds.

Ulus continued his record pace, improving his time in 1953. He set the Central record by breaking Ingram’s 1948 51.5-440, with a time of 51.1 seconds. He also set the Saginaw Valley record – 440-51.4 seconds, and won the City Meet – 440-51.1 seconds. He was Central’s number two cross country runner and was awarded Central’s Most Valuable in Track in 1953.

Ulus was in the U. S. Army from 1957-59. A Mott College major in Math and Science., he earned a Journeyman card in Tool and Die and received all A’s and one B in Blue Prints. He retired from A.C. after 35 years of service. A great Flint Champion.