‘The Graduating Class That Never Was’ plans reunion
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The 10 Atkins High Reunion Classes of 1942, 1943-44 and 1946-1952 will kick off their Labor Day Reunion by honoring a “graduating class” that never had the distinction of walking across the hallowed stage of Atkins High School auditorium.
There are many of those persons who still have some nostalgia about never getting that “diploma” from one of the state’s most elite black high schools of that era. Two such persons are the Honorable Judge Denise Hartsfield and Council Woman Denise Adams, who often wax eloquently about not having such glory of that Atkins experience.
Hartsfield’s father was a teacher at Atkins at that time. A banquet along with a cap and gown ceremony is being planned for this event. It is set for Saturday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn on Hanes Mall Boulevard. The theme for the special reunion is still being worked out by the reunion committee.
The evening will include a fashion show, liturgical dancers, line dancers, special musical selections, dancing and dinner. There will be a presentation of special awards to those local “alumni” and from out of state guests who formerly attended Atkins and have made outstanding and successful contributions over a span of nearly a quarter of a century.
Tickets for this event are $30 per person or $240 for a reserved table of eight. The celebration will begin on Friday, Sept. 2 with registration, a “meet and greet,” plus an array of fun, music and games. The Willie Mae Gray Hospitality Suite will be opened that evening and throughout the reunion celebration.
The suite is sponsored by her daughter, Turquoise Erving, whose mother was a member of the class of 1944 and was one of the planners for this reunion for many years.
A Sunday worship service will be held at one of our local churches followed by an afternoon picnic at a city park to culminate the three day festivities. Annie Pearl Wilson is the program coordinator and David Peay is one of the reunion coordinators.
For celebration tickets and or more information, call Annie P. Wilson at 336-723-8149.
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