1 st Row Left to Right: Henry Mosby, Lillie Clarke, Joanna Murray VermeIl Smalls, Mary Youngblood Edna Hall, Constance Hall; 2nd Row: Willie Morris, Loraine Robinson, Barbara Carter, Annie Webb, Al Jackson, Theophilus Morley 3rd Row: Lewis Tunnage, Robert Strong, Betty McCray, Argie Spann, Joseph Clair, LeNelda Woodard, Robert Kemp, Francena Duncan; 4th Row: Roberta White, Hattie Bruce, Earl Thomas.
The class of 1956 of Dillard High School celebrated its 60th class reunion during a 4- day weekend, August 11 – 14 in the city of Fort Lauderdale. The primary goals for this reunion were to be an inclusive affair. All classmates were invited to attend regardless of circumstances; and to keep the activities within the community as much as possible.
The opening night was a Meet, Greet and Eat at Golden Corral’s Meeting Room with classmates and their spouses. This provided an opportunity to register, update records, receive information schedule of future events, socialize and enjoy as much to eat as wished.
On Friday night, the class enjoyed a wonderful evening with a Banquet and Program at Mt. Hermon Family Life Center. The deceased class members were remembered with a brief memorial service. The highlight of the evening was a special recognition of former teachers who were in attendance and those who were unable to attend.
Coach Herman Pittman and Coach Frank Robinson were presented with a plaque. Mrs. Alzora Simmons was also recognized in absentia. LeNelda Woodard and Constance Hall, who joined the class in 1953 coming from Braithwaite Junior High School in Deerfield Beach, were blessed to have one of their teachers in attendance, Mrs. Maude Storr and two who were unable to attend, Mrs. Ruth Giles and Mrs. Mary Rizor. Mrs. Cassandra Robinson, the current principal of Dillard High School, was also in attendance. She presented an update of the extraordinary accomplishments made under her leadership. Rev. Henry Green, Jr. Pastor of Mt. Hermon AME Church was present and so was Kyle Woodard who provided the musical entertainment.
Franklin Park was utilized for the class picnic and Tom Jenkins was the caterer. The fun really began when the walkers and canes were set aside to do the Electric Slide and other Line Dances. We had a blast!!!! Stated the participants.
The class could not conclude its activities without a word from the Lord. Sunday morning church service was held at Mt. Hermon AME Church. Robert Kemp, who grew up in this church and is a member of this class, delivered the Word. Robert is currently serving as Presiding Elder of the Cascade District in Vancouver, Washington.
The title of his message was “God Still Has Work For Us To Do.” A few points from his message were: There is power in prayer, praying and proclamation; Remember God’s righteousness, grace and mercy; and stop using God’s Blessings of old age as an excuse to not work. The message was very inspiring, uplifting and thought provoking.
Everyone in attendance whether they attended one or all of the events stated that they had a wonderful, renewing time.