By Emily Banks Wooten
Plans are underway for an event celebrating Black History Month that will also serve as a fundraiser for the Dunbar Alumni Association.
Dunbar Alumni Association is a 501(c)3 organization that was formed after the Dunbar School of Livingston closed in 1968. The purpose of the association is “to uphold and preserve the spirit and tradition of the Dunbar School and to award four $1,000 scholarships annually to deserving high school graduates of the Dunbar School community.” Those school districts include Goodrich, Leggett, Onalaska and Livingston ISDs.
Membership in the association is open to any person who is a former student of Dunbar High School, or has/had a family member who was a student of Dunbar High School. Annual dues are $15 and lifetime dues are $150.
The association holds biannual reunion activities that begin with a parade and conclude with a reunion scholarship banquet in which awards are presented and former students are recognized.
“African Americans and the Arts” is the theme of an area-wide Black History Scholarship Fundraising Celebration that is slated for 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at the New Beulah Baptist Church located at 5972 U.S. Hwy. 59 North in Livingston. Presentations will span the visual, performing and digital arts and will include music, literature, poetry and orations. The Black History Celebration Fundraiser is being sponsored by the Dunbar Alumni Association.
Planning meetings for the celebration fundraiser will be conducted via conference call and as of now, there are three scheduled. One is slated for 7 p.m. today (Thursday) and the others are slated for 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 and Feb. 15. To participate in the planning meeting conference calls, call 605-475-4700 and the code is 648764.
For additional information, contact anyone on the Dunbar Alumni Black History Committee for 2024 or any of the officers of the Dunbar Alumni Association. These include: James Zell Thompson at 713-825-7884; Brandon Prescott at 936-239-8588; Della Holcomb at 979-627-8330; Ashley Darden at 832-798-9871; Valarie Crocker at 936-223-6133; Jessie Lyons at 713-548-6582; Betty King at 832-567-8743 or 281-431-6939; and Mary Joyce Davis at 936-239-0369 or 936-215-4364.