Richmond Union High’s Black Student Union Holds 50th Year Class Reunion

First row : Joe Lee Fisher, Jean Thomas Keeton, Gerry Webster, Brenda Thomas Thomas, Barbara Williams Johnson, Harry Spencer, Clariza Timmons, Lee Timmons; Second row: Ethel Scott Melchor, Doris Singleton, Johnnie Foster Murray, Beverly Yates Harris, Sharon Thomas Floyd, Dorothy Lawson, Alice Bostic Spicer, Betty Aercrombia Wadley, August McCoy, Linda Abercrombia, Malik McDaniels; Third row: Hurey Clark, Eva Young, Shirley Webster Randle, Norma Washington,Eugenia Miller Emerson,Jo Ann Fisher Coleman,Thresser Pennington, Norma Mason, Shirley Ogletree. Fourth row: James Washington, Louis Webster, Louis Spicer,Jesse Thomas, Ralph Emerson,Curtis Evans, Ray Botth.

By Kia Croom

Richmond Union High School’s Class of 1961 celebrated its 50th year Class reunion in Las Vegas, the event organized by the class’s newly appointed Black Student Union committee.
The Oct. 5 celebration makes history as the first-ever Richmond Union High African-American reunion and drew 50 graduates and guests.  Joe Fisher, treasurer of the Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC), served as master of ceremonies of the weekend events.
“We had a wonderful time socializing, breaking bread, and site seeing.   The committee thanks all classmates and their guests who made our reunion a success, and we are thinking of planning a reunion or small gathering every year, if participation allows,” said Thresser Pennington, committee member.
The three-day celebration included a reception for both alumni and their guests on Friday —a short program chronicling the group’s formative years at Richmond Union High.
Alumni shared class pictures and other commemorative items including a souvenir booklet, and the night ended with dinner and dancing.
Rev. Ralph Emerson, a classmate and pastor of Rising Star Church in Fort Worth, Texas, led the group in a worship ceremony and communion, followed by a brunch.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.