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CLASS PROPHECY Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of the radio audi- ence! This is your own news commentator, Margurite Mecheel Berry, bringing you the outstanding news of the week. Tonight I am especially privileged to be broadcasting from the vast arena of Madison Square Garden in New York City. Here are gathered the alumni of the class of ' 51 for their fifteenth anniversary. This is one of the out- standing gatherings of the age, because the world feels that it is the most famous and outstanding meeting since the meeting of General Fab Camp and Private Charles McCullough in Blackwater, Georgia. Some of the first people to arrive are Mrs. Ora Lee Ashby, Browns Incorporated — Minnie, Gloria, Barbara and Nathaniel, also the Grier firm, Charles, John, James, Peggy and Ella. On the left we see Charity Newson and her hus- band Thomas McNabb. With them we find Reverend Mack Davidson pastor of Save Sinners Baptist Church with him is one of his members, Deacon Isaiah Patterson. I have just heard that Reverend Bennie Hemphill is now in charge of the Theological Seminary at Shaw University. Taking a seat to my right I see, lovely Mrs. Pearlie Kirkley Maxwell and her husband Walter. In the back we see Rosa Davis and Wilson McDowell. Entering we see many members of the nursing staff at " Die Quick " Hospital such as Minnie Cherry, Thelma Glymph, Evelyn Thompson. Also just entering are the doctors, John McCombs and Thomas McQueen. The Y. W. C. A. has sent some members to this meet- ing who are alumni, Miss Mary Price and Sarah McQueen. Miss Willie Ruth Jones with her boyfriend Hazel Hasty have arrived. The great novelist Clinton Whitaker has just written a book on " Love and Nonsense " using John Nicholas, Donald Hafer and George Jackson as references. Richard Sartor the great army general with some of his top officers has just entered, they are Staff Sgt. John Poole, Captain Albert Sanders and Colonel Clinton Davis. Miss Mildred Morrison has just entered from her famous cheerleader school, with one of her instructors, Mrs. Minnie McClurc Bradshaw, wife of Doctor Robert Bradshaw. Due to the weather conditions a plane from Los Angeles was grounded. Most unfortunately twenty members of the Alumni Association were on this plane. They were, Annie Douglas, Inez Cooper, Sarah Dell Ford Frazier, wife of David Frazier, Rosa Mae Nelson, Dorothy Reid, Clara Wallace, Annie Boyce, Verlene Harris, Rosa Johnson, Evaline Johnson, Carrie Woodard, wife of Attorney Charles Cathey, Carolyn Welch Gordon, wife of the noted brain specialist Doctor Johnny Gordon, Esther Reel, Aileen Quinn, Helena Nelson, Ellen Miller, and Bessie Hunter. Gossiping in the corner are those famous gossiping champions, Mildred Archie and Elizabeth Murray talking to John Eaves. We have several members who have gone into the nun- nery, Janie Mae Stewart, Mable Way and Florrie Kennedy. We have many teachers represented here from the various schools over North Carolina, Elizabeth Roseboro, Mary Rose Stuart, and Katherine White. Miss Isabella Robinson is here representnig the " Wo- men ' s Golfers Association, " along with her I see Odessa Hood, Eleanor Camp and Corrine Clark. Also we have four representatives from the " Avon Company, " they are Argie Cunningham, Alice Durant, Sarah Ann Edwards and Mary Goincs. Representing Florida A M College, we have Professor John Paton Black, who is recognized as a great Negro Author. He has just revised his first edition of " Whiskey versus Teen Agers. " Some of California ' s first Negro businessmen have just entered, they are Mr. Isom Birtha, Bynom Nicholas, Manuel Montgomery and Victor Hoey. Ladies and Gentlemen, I see to my right, the " World ' s Best Dressed Man, " Mr. John Henry Eily, wearing a bright, loud, red shirt. With him I see his runner up, Mr. Willie Walker, Jr., wearing a tomato red shirt, trimmed in deep purple. We are represented in the television world by Mr. Willie James Enoch Hill, III. Sitting in the center down front I see Mr. Johnnie Chambers, who has just recovered from a strain of the vocal cord. He was trying to reach the note that no one had reached before. Entering is Lorese Birtha and her famed " Blake Trot- ters, " who have just returned from a trip around the world. Down on the left hand side we see the world ' s greatest football team. Representing West Charlotte High School, we have Roy Williams, Marion Rawlings, James Lee, Charles Kennedy, James Daniels and Louis Goode. The world ' s champion wrestler is James Lyles and with him his wife, Mattie Williams, a famous member of the " Blake Trotters. " Representing Charlotte ' s Police Force, we have James Crosby, French Cathey, James Douglas and Albert Huey. Four of the outstanding funeral directors are present, Thomas Hughes, Charles Knight, Robert Lockhart and James Townsend. The beauty queen of 1965 is here, Miss Lavonne Black- well, telling of her tales and adventures in Rome. Margaret Franklin and Anne Hughes have tied up for the speed of typing 2000 words a minute. They have put Cortez Peters out of circulation. Katie Johnson and Selena Johnson have taken over Johnson ' s Furniture Company. I know there will be fewer bargains. Julius P. Stroud and Henry " Snake " Richardson have tied for the laziest man of the year. Charles Donald after four years of hard labor finally gave up his trip to Mars. I was informed by Walter Lovell, who is here from Germany. Scientist Frank Alston has discovered a type of pill which has put " Hadacol " out of business. All heads have just turned toward the door and we see that graceful model Carolyn Moore. Thomasena Smith and Thomas Caldwell have just open- ed the " Thorn Thorn Shop " where you can get your broken hearts mended. Peggy Withers marriage to?? was the hit of the year. This information came from Miss Fontella Walker, the first Woman Jet Pilot to fly around the world. James Hart is now Principal of West Charlotte High School. This information comes from Jeanette Bowser who is here from Charlotte. Actress Margaret Johnson has just startled the world by her recent divorce from her first husband. She is now entering on the arm of a mysterious young man. Ladies and Gentlemen, I think, yes, I know, Miss Mildred Smith is present. She is making quite a name for herself in the Poetic world. She has just finished " The Ode to a High Heel Shoe. " Ladies and Gentlemen have been comfortable seated. We have a large attendance. In fact two which are due to be present have not yet arrived. What is it!!! Crash!!! Bam!! Alacazam!!! Here they come. I knew they would be here. Miss Alice Elizabeth Hill from the North Carolina Mental Institution, where she is a teacher and Miss Esther Hairston from Teacher ' s College in Crazyville, South Carolina.
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SENIOR CLASS OF 1951 Selena Johnson wills her typing ability to Narvie Johnson. George Jackson wills his football ability to Thomas Barnes and his sportsmanship to Roy Mcllwain. Alice Durai.c wills her driving ability to Juanita Kirkpatrick and her photo ability to Gladys Derr. Clinton Davis wills his sleeping ability to Jimmie Cannon so he can start going to bed a little early at night. Thomasena Smith wills her ability to get along with others to Dorothy Carr and her love to the teachers, especially Mr. Davis. Mattie Williams wills her ability to play basketball to Hattie Williams, her suit to Mamie McBride. Elizabeth Roseboro wills her stroll to Dorothy Alex- ander. Corrine Clark wills her boy friends to Mary Helen Walker and her BeBops to Dorothy Alexander. Willie James Hill wills his playboyish character to Jerry McKenzie and his coolness to Robert Etheridge. Jeanette Bowser wills to West Charlotte High School for whom she has labored, her prayers and hopes for con- tinued success. Sarah Ann Edwards wills her voice to Dorothy James and her basketball ability to Mamie McBride. Minnie Cherry wills her ability to get along with people to Mary Helen Hunter. James Lee wills his brain to William Peeler and his ability to filibuster to Napoleon Chisholm. Ann Hughes wills her personality to Gwendolyn Roberts and her chapel seat to Delores Cox. Minnie Brown wills her typing ability to Wynona Wigfall and her seat in chapel to Louise McGriffin. Rosa Johnson wills her typing ability to whoever wants it. Henry Richardson wills his pool room ability to Edward Graves. Allean Quinn wills her basketball ability to Ola Mae Hart and her love to Roy Mcllwain. Mildred Smith wills her seat in chorus to Lillian Smith. Isom Birtha wills his singing ability to William Birtha. Pearlie Kirkley wills her singing ability to Evelyn and Edson Mickles. Margaret Johnson wills her seat in chapel to Mable Haynes, and her white ribbons to Tayloria Stroud. Argie Cunningham wills her quietness to Jennie Ann Meares. Helena Nelson wills her cheering squad suit to Nora Bell Gooding. John Eaves wills his football ability to Eugene Eily. Charles Cathey wills his track ability to Samuel Fesper- man. John Nichols wills his voice to Daniel Blackman, his intelligence to Raymond Nicholas and all his love to Betty Ruth Hughes. Margaret Franklin wills her driving ability to Carolyn Martin, her charm and personality to Dorothy Carr and her red skirt to Barbara Spence to complete her outfit. Sarah McQueen wills her legs to Eleanor Smith and her sewing ability to Cenester Baskin. Fab Camp wills his football ability to Belton Cunning- ham and his ability to get along with girls to Samuel Cureton. James Douglas wills his football suit to Emmerson Sartor, his ability to make love to Samuel Cureton and all his love to Barbara Houser. Mildred Archie wills her basketball ability to Ola Mae Hart. Carrie Woodard wills her seat in Mr. Moore ' s English class to Christabelle Sexton. Charles McCollough wills his ability to high jump to Belton Cunningham and his basketball shoes to Jimmie Cannon and his basketball ability to T. H. McDowell. Janie Mae Stewart wills her dirty black and white shoes to Barbara Spence and all her love to Otto Latimer. Mabel Way wills her coolness to Katherine Way, her abil ity to get along with boys to Cenester Baskin, and her dancing ability to Odell Way. Thelma Glymph wills her figure to Barbara Carson, her chapel seat to Victoria Alexander and her sewing ability to Mary Ellen Nicholas. Margaret Berry wills her position in Mr. Blake ' s heart to Delores Cox and her D. E. seat to anyone who cares to have it. Esther Hairston wills her shape to Mabel Haynes. Alice Hill leaves her graceful stroll to Dot Hill. 33
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THE NIGHT BEFORE GRADUATION Twas the night before graduation, when all through the house Not a senior could be found who was as quiet as a mouse. The robes were all pressed and ready to wear In hopes that tomorrow would soon be there. No senior was eager to go to his bed For fear visions of diplomas would dance in his head. Some looked at their caps and some at their gowns, And the girls tried on shoes they had bought downtown. Then one of the seniors said to all the rest, " Of all senior classes, I believe ours is best. " The others suddenly and happily said; " No one can beat us, we ' re always ahead. " They thought of the day, they hated to leave, They dreamed of the day they could hardly believe — When all of the seniors would anxiously go. To the W. C. Auditorium in one long row. That day forever will treasured be When all seniors were happy as happy as could be. There were dramatics, Chorus and also football, To all of which seniors answered the call. Typing! Science! English! Health! Math! Test! History! Home Ec! Journalism! and you know the rest. These classes, these games were all that we loved. But time with its wings has quickly removed They thought of their teachers and their classmates too. For these are the reasons they will forever be true To the maroon and gold; colors of the school, And the pink and the Blue colors of the class, And " Onward to victory " shall be our guide. When school day memories have dried. Whenever a rose in the breeze gently blows, The seniors will remember it as the flower they chose. As the hustle and bustle slowly comes to an end, The seniors will hasten, their task to begin. With uplifted heads and broken hearts They dream of the hour they must depart. Because they will leave, ne ' er to return, They cannot conceal the tears that burn. By Thomasena Smith Dedicated to the Senior Class of ' 51 35
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