By Tia Lynn Ivey
It’s been 50 years the graduating class of Pearl Sreet High School turned their tassels and walked proudly into the world with high school diplomas. The Class of 1969 was reunited this past weekend to walk down memory lane as they celebrated their 50th Class Reunion.
James Sanders, who helped organize the reunion, described the gathering as a “true homecoming.”
The weekend began at the Morgan County Middle School, which used to house, Pearl Street High School, an all African-American school before the era of integration took effect in 1970.
“During the Meet and Greet, the classmates reflected upon academic endeavors undertaken at the school, while only being able to recall a few mischievous deeds during those youthful years,” said Sanders.
During the banquet that evening, James Sanders served as Master of Ceremonies and Mary Thomas gave an inspirational Welcome address.
“We acknowledged our community leaders,” said Sanders. Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, City Councilwoman Carrie Peters Reid and County Commissioner Donald Harris all attended the event. “During the course of the evening, we had reflection vignettes where classmates read mini-bios of fellow classmates, which brought us up-to-date on who had done what to get where over the past 50 years,” said Sanders. “We had a special memorial tribute to our 22 deceased classmates.”
Melvin Wilkerson introduced one of our, world renown Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Willie James Parks, as our speaker for the evening, praised Pearl Street High School for preparing his class to achieve in the real world. Music was provided by Johnny Soul. Over the weekend the group held a cookout at Hard Labor Creek, grooved to the tunes Motown in the Park at Madison’s Town Park and ended the weekend with a religious service at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday morning.