Two former all-black schools reunited in Jonesboro

Booker T. Washington Reunion
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Former students of Industrial High School and Booker T. Washington High School came together from all parts of the country for a reunion Saturday.

African American students attended the schools before integration.

"Today we had speakers to give us a background of the different things that happened and the hardship and the trail that we have blazed," former Booker T. Washington student Kayolia Parks said.

Many people shook hands with their classmates from both schools and shared accomplishments and memories.

Parks attended one of the all-black school in the 1960s.

She said many of the men and women at the reunion shared their success by recognizing the education they received from the two schools.

"Some of us have become doctors and lawyers," Parks said. "Some of us have become entrepreneurs, artists, actors, and actresses. Some have blazed the field of the art, very many avenues that were accomplished."

Parks said she is grateful that she was able to come out and express her appreciation for both schools. She said that time in her life was a great experience.

The night ended with a dance party.

"We are going to have a dance, and baby, we are going to get down," Parks said.

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