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.
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)