The Morehouse High School Class of '65 took a reunion trip to Las Vegas the week of June 3 through 6.
"It was a total success," attendee Michael Atkins said. "The trip to Las Vegas was the first trip that the class had taken outside of cruises or meeting up at the Morehouse School Reunion."
There were over 40 participants including spouses, relatives and guests. The following classmates attended: Michael Atkins, Lois Smith Armstrong, Delores Barnes, Charles Benton, Jessie Coleman Benton, Hayward Brandon, Margaret Johnson Broussard, Mable Brown, Marzella Dangerfield, Cartwright, Samuel C. Jackson, Celestine McCormick Johnson, James Jones, Raney Jones, Ida Keys, James Lucas, Lillie MicDuffy Newton, Joe Payne, Freddie Peoples, Lynda Riser, Leathy Newsome Robinson, Fred Sawyer, John Otis Smith and Lonell Smith.
The class kicked off the reunion with a Meet and Greet Reception in the class suite in the Gold Tower (Samuel Jackson' Room). After an opening prayer and giving thanks for being together for 48 years, classmates swap stories with each other to catch up from the last time they saw each other and enjoyed some tasty treats and beverages.
The Vegas committee recognized the following classmates with a certificate for their support in the community:
1. Michael Atkins- recognized by the Mayor of Bastrop for the Citizen Achievement Award for working with young males and being a positive role model
2.Harper Armstrong- the husband of Classmate Lois Smith Armstrong (Awarded the first African American Farmer of the year in Morehouse Parish/ North La. and Winning the Farmer of the Year for the State of Louisiana
3. Samuel Jackson- recognized by Miami Dade County School Board as the first African America Food Service Administrator Food Division & First African American President of the Florida School Nutrition Association also recognized by the class for his commitment to the Class of 65 for keeping the class together
The class voted to go to New Orleans for the 50th Anniversary Reunion. They left the reception and had Dinner together at the Golden Nugget Grotto Restaurant.
Every morning was a Class Breakfast together at the Golden Nugget Buffet before they headed out for the day.
On a daily basis, some classmates went shopping, while others hung out in the casino and around the Hotel area which had a lot of activities going on.
Tuesday evening, the class charted a bus and headed off to Planet Hollywood to see the Motown Revenue Show.
"The show brought back memories of the Temptation, Supremes, 4 Tops," Atkins said. "A night to remember."
The class hung out at Planet Hollywood after the the show with more shopping, food and walking around Planet Hollywood together.
The class sported out polo shirts on Wednesday to the Chocolate Factory and Hoover Dam.
Page 2 of 2 - "The Polo shirts were the talk of the Hotel," Atkins said.
They left the hotel for one of the Great Wonders of the World, the Hoover Dam.
"What an amazing site," Atkins said. "Hoover Dam was breath taking."
Before getting there, they had a tour of the M&M Chocolate Factory.
"It was plenty of chocolate for everybody!" Atkins said.
The class had dinner later that evening at the Fremont Buffee Restaurant to close out the Reunion. They had a section to themselves. The class made a commitment to come back together for the 50th Anniversary in New Orleans 2015.