The Afrikan American Achiever’s Class of 1974

ST. PETERSBURG — Time waits for no one. This proved true as the Afrikan American Achievers Class of 1974 celebrated an awesome 40th class reunion back in August with 150 classmates and friends from as far as Texas, Ohio and Virginia.

The Afrikan American Achievers are classmates of the year 1974 that came from Sixteen Street Middle School and Southside Junior High School. After Pinellas County desegregated the school system, theses teenagers were bused all over the county instead of solely matriculating into Gibbs High School.

The Class of 1974 is made up of students from Boca Ciega, Dixie Hollins, Gibbs, Lakewood, Northeast and St. Petersburg High all united as one.

The kick-off party was at the home of Delores Atkinson, the welcome/meet and greet at Campbell Park and the banquet at the Magnuson Hotel with classmate Sheryl Roberson giving an inspiring message of “It’s Time to Sound the Trumpets,” calling for involvement.

Worship service was held at Greater Mt. Zion AME with a farewell dinner at the Enoch Davis Center. The goody bags were filled with wonderful 40 year souvenir gifts.  What a delight it was to see everybody, no one looked the same, but blessings abound.

The atmosphere was filled with such joy and beauty both in spirit and in truth. It was just good to reacquaint with old friends and meet new friends. Most class members will soon celebrate a 60th birthday and were therefore grateful to celebrate together again. We are thankful for the blessed years that God has given us as we know that time waits for no one.

Theme:  “Old Friends, New Connections Still Going Strong”

Forty years ago, an idea of a reunion was born with a group of 1974 classmates.  With the 10th class reunion the Afrikan American Achievers name was adopted.

Many classmates have passed on and those that remain feel blessed to continue to honor them by coming together in the name of time.

The members are thankful to those who have kept the 1974 class going and those who made the reunion event possible by their planning:  Sharon Mitchell, President, James Keys, Vice President, Thelma Jackson Burns, Secretary,  Verline R. Moore, Assistant Secretary, Jean T. Johnson, Treasurer, LaGloria G. Johnson, Assistant Treasurer, Tannie Poole, Parliamentarian; Michael Anderson, Ondria Bacon,  Henry Daniels, Lucinda Grant, Beverly Jordan, Gregory McDonald, Rickey Moore, Barbara Stone and Rickard Wiggins.

Thanks also to other friends who came out to support us.

Upcoming Event:  Annual after Thanksgiving Dance (Semi-Formal)

Polish American Society, 1343 Beach Drive S.E., St. Petersburg

Fri., Nov. 28, from 8–12 a.m. – $15.00 | Contact us at (727) 867-4486

We look forward to the next time when more will join us for an awesome experience of fun, fellowship and friendship taking full advantage of the time given us.  Come see some old friends and make some new friends while we still have the time, as time waits for no one.

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