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LENS & LINES: BTW Class of ’66 celebrates the holiday Dutch-treat style

Two who remember. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

Two years before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, the senior class at Booker T. Washington High School was going through the paces of their final high school year.

Last Sunday (Dec. 30), about 40 of them got together and shared memories of 52 years ago.

Booker T. Washington High School remains a mainstay of ZIP code 38126. And when the class of ’66 got together, they did so in the 38126 neighborhood.

This year, The New Tri-State Defender has advanced a yearlong reporting project titled MLK50: The View From 38126. Zeroed in on the city’s poorest ZIP code – and one of the poorest in the nation, that coverage focus is on raising the profile of poverty, putting faces to conditions and chronicling the transformative efforts of individuals and groups.

On Sunday morning, class members attended worship service at Christ’s Community Church at 715 St. Paul, where the Rev. Lemar Walker is the pastor.

That afternoon, the BTW Class of 1966 Holiday Dutch Treat Gathering was held at 280 Cynthia Place.

Putting the dance floor to good use. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)



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