Webster High School alumni will be coming home this weekend for the 2017 class reunion.
Festivities for the 12th Reunion of Classes 2017 will kick off Thursday at 9 a.m. with pre-registration at the B.F. Martin Community Life Center.
The WHS Alumni Association chose the theme “Keeping the Connection and Embracing the Legacy.”
At 8 a.m., a golf tournament will begin at Trails End Golf Course.
At 7 p.m. individual class parties will be at the Forestry Building at the Minden Fairgrounds.
At 9 a.m., Friday, registration will continue at the B.F. Martin Community Life Center, and from 6 until 7 p.m., a pilgrimage will take place to honor the deceased. From 8 p.m. until midnight a white gala affair will be at the Minden Civic Center. An after-hours social will be at the Forestry Building.
Saturday will be when the main festivities will begin. A parade of classes will be at 10 a.m., and the Honorable Dorothy Rabb Brown will serve as grand marshal.
The living legend honoree is Hazel Greenwood Douglas. Born in 1919 in Fellowship, Douglas was the seventh of eight children born to Sellers and Mary Greenwood. She graduated from Fellowship Rosenwald School and came to Webster Training School in Minden to complete her education.
While at Webster, she played basketball and participated in other activities. After graduating from Webster, she and her mother moved to Grambling so she could attend school at Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute. She was a member of the basketball team, sang in the glee club and worked for Dr. Floyd Sandle.
She graduated from Grambling College from their two-year and three-year programs, going back again for an elementary education degree. She went to Houston to obtain her master’s degree from Texas Southern University.
Douglas was an educator for more than 50 years, teaching in Claiborne, Union and Lincoln parishes. She was also one of the first Head Start teachers in Lincoln Parish. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught thousands of children from daycare to college.
She has also been a member of and held offices in several organizations throughout her life. She is a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a life member of Grambling University National Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Retired Teachers Association and many more.
This year’s living legend honoree is an avid sports fan and the oldest living basketball player from Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute/Grambling College.
Douglas has been a member of New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling for more than 70 years.
Following the parade of classes, at 1 p.m., an alumni picnic will be at the Forestry Building, and at 6 p.m., the alumni banquet will be at the Minden Civic Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m.
From 10 p.m. until, an after-hours social will be at the Forestry Building.
On Sunday, alumni will have the opportunity to attend the church service of their choice. That afternoon, alumni will gather at the Minden Civic Center at 3 p.m. for the Vesper Services.