PRESS RELEASE Contact: Morris Roberson
July 16, 2009 (804) 598-1537
On Thursday, July 16, 2009, the North Carolina Association of Black High School Alumni (NCABHSA) donated $500 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nash and Edgecombe Counties to assist with their programs for needy children in the area. NCABHSA was formed in July 2008 with a purpose of making a difference in the lives of needy children in Edgecombe and Nash Counties, to eliminate school drop and encourage their scholarship and citizenship.
The eight former Black High Schools of Nash and Edgecombe Counties closed their doors, between 1969 and 1973 in response to the desegregation plans of the State of North Carolina. Shortly after that time, a vibrant and active alumnus was established by each of these former schools that have existed since the mid-seventies. These alumni associations are still close and going strong as they are determined to stay connected, to make a difference in their communities, and to keep the history and memory of their schools alive within their families and their communities at large.
Members of the following former high schools met in late 2007: Edgecombe County; Phillips High School, Battleboro; Bricks School, Whitakers; Booker T. Washington High School, Rocky Mount; W.A. Pattillo High School, Tarboro; Conetoe High School, Conetoe; G.W. Carver High School, Pinetops; Nash County; Nash County Training School/Nash Central High School, Nashville; Swift Creek High School, Whitakers; and C.C. Spaulding High School, Spring Hope. The former Bethel Union High School of Bethel, NC recently became a member of NCABHSA. We are expecting additional former black school alumni and/or organizations to join in the near future. At that initial meeting, discussions centered around sharing ideas on what was working well for the various organizations, capturing and preserving the histories of our former schools, and determining the ways in which we might be able to help in reducing some of the challenges faced by needy children in our communities.
On November 28, 2008 the Association hosted its first Dinner and Dance at the O.D. Moore Building in Nashville, NC. During this event we collected three large boxes of toys for children for Christmas giving through a partnership with the Marines in their “Toys for Tots” drive. Our 2nd Annual Dinner and Dance is scheduled for November 27, 2009 at the O.D. Moore Building, 806 South Alston Street, Nashville, NC. Again, we will be collecting toys for needy children in our communities as well as strengthening our network of members and providing additional support to local organizations that share in our vision and mission of supporting those children who are at risk or lack adequate resources in preparing for their futures and educational success