Sheriff addresses Black High School Alumni Reunion


Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson


From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Booker T. Washington Resource Center was the host of the 11th anniversary of the N.C. Association of Black High School Alumni Reunion.

Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson was the keynote speaker.

“Testing, testing: 1-2-3” was how Atkinson started his presentation. He told the attendees that we are in a nationwide alert because “the bottom has fell out.”

The Association of Black High School Alumni is comprised of graduates and attendees of black high schools that have since closed. The member schools are from Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Hertford, Nash, Pitt, Wake and Wilson counties and the city of Rocky Mount.

Atkinson said that people of the alumni’s generation knew how to act. They disciplined their kids. They paid up front for teaching and training them and not at the end by getting them out of jail. 

“We’ve got to pray (and) to get yourself some praying friends,” he said.

In these times, if prayer is not our first response, he said, let it be our last response.

In closing he mentioned we need leaders. He said the young generation needs positive leaders because “Testing, testing: The bottom has fell out.”

At this event, attendees were asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and a teddy bear to donate to the Sheriff’s Department for children in distress.