By Reggie Hannah
Special to the Winston County Journal
In 1954, Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race unconstitutional. However, for over a decade following the ruling, many southern states, including Mississippi, made little progress toward desegregation.
In Oct. of 1969, in Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the immediate desegregation of all schools. However, before the case was even decided, the city of Louisville had already implemented desegregation of its public schools by law.
The seventh graders of Louisville Junior High (the white school) and Camile Street Junior High (the black school) had become one of the first classes that year to integrate. They eventually became the LHS graduating class of 1975, and on October 23-24th of this year, they will come together for the first time as one class—black and white—during the LHS Class of 75 High School Reunion.
Tensions were high back in 1969 in light of the events that transpired the year before: the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Desegregation was being met with much resistance from white Mississippians. However, the seventh graders of Louisville Junior High were more concerned with PE class and lunch period. That year transpired with no incidents, and they spent the next six years of school together.
Thus, 2015 LHS class of 1975 Reunion is a historic event. Many of this class have not seen each other since high school graduation; this year marks its first integrated reunion. Members of LHS 1975 class will attend the LHS Homecoming game on October 23, where former LHS football players will participate in the coin toss before the game begins. On Saturday, Oct. 24, they will enjoy dinner at the Lake.
Please contact Reggie Hannah (805-624-0688 or email@example.com) for more information.