With race relations as tenuous as they currently are in this country and the racial divide widening every day, you have to question the motives behind organizer Gwen Nauls inviting only African-American alumni to a Brockton High School reunion. Despite Brockton having a very large African-American population, some have questioned if arranging such an event which specifically excludes other races could be counter-productive in terms of unification. Others speculate what kind of repercussions would be incurred if African-Americans themselves were excluded from a similar event.
According to the Enterprise – The Sixth annual Black Brockton High School Alumni Reunion open to alumni from the classes of the 1970s and 80s and their friends will be held this Friday from 7pm until midnight at Generations in Avon.
The event began as a way to “reengage black alumni by using the activism cultivated during their high school years to make a difference and be effective and positive contributors to their communities as adults,” described organizer Gwen Nauls via email.
Miles Jackson, Class of 1974, and DJ Ol’ School will provide an array of music from the 1970s and 1980s, including hits by the legendary singer James Brown. The evening will also include a slide show feature high school photographs.
There will be a tribute to Councilors-at-large Shaynah Barnes and Moises Rodrigues: Barnes is the first African-American woman to serve on the City Council and Rodrigues is the first Cape Verdean to serve on the City Council.
Community organizers John Williams, Ollie Spears, Mayoral candidate Jacob Tagger, and Krystal Love will also be recognized for their contributions as well.
Past event honorees have included local historian Willie Wilson for documenting black history in Brockton; Nauls for her work with Brockton youth, and Gene Marrow, the first African-American principal of Brockton High School.
Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance.
For tickets or more information, call Viki Brown at 802- 829-7601.