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

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)