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The Forrest County Branch of the NAACP celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the desegregation of the Hattiesburg Public School District.

HATTIESBURG, MS -

Members of the Forrest county Branch of the NAACP invited the public to attend a reception commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Desegregation of the Hattiesburg Public School District.

The reception was held at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center in Hattiesburg from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Attorney and long-time civil rights activist Glenda Funchess presented the history of the anniversary.

Event panelist shared their experiences as black students in the school district during desegregation.

Event Panelist:

Mr. Charles Killingsworth- Hattiesburg High School Class of 1968

Mrs. Claudia Polk Bevins- Hattiesburg High School Class of 1968

Mr. Malcolm Curtis- Hattiesburg High School Class of 1970 (1967-1970)

Rev. Kenneth Fairley- Hawkins Jr. High School (1966-1969), Hattiesburg High School (1969-1970)

Attorney Glenda F. Funchess- Thames Jr. High School (1967-1968), Hattiesburg High School (1968-1969)

Mr. Eddie Stepney- Walthall Elementary (1965-1970)

Mr. Elijah Jones- Hawkins Jr. High (1967-1970)

Click here for more information about the desegregation of the Hattiesburg Public School District.  

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