Montgomery Will Never Be the Same!
Submitted by Shirley Roulhac
Many thanks to the 2007 reunion planning committee of James and Maple Bellamy, and Willie Hazel Morris. They told us that Montgomery would be nice and truer words were never spoken. The love that went into planning each detail of the reunion was evident. Although the attendance was unusually low, those in attendance were enlightened, informed, and entertained with style.
The Thursday evening opening reception allowed us to renew relationships and catch up on the past year. Friday morning was power packed with historical tours of the George Washington Carver Museum and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. The bus ride included RFA and African American history trivia games. We spent a fun-filled Friday afternoon at Maxwell Air Force Base. We laughed until we were in stitches as kids and adults competed with each other in musical chairs, limbo and old-school vs. new school dance competitions. Honorary family member Delceda Thompson and Lynette Hardy proved that laughter is good for the soul as Delceda was serious about winning the musical chairs but couldn’t seem to stay off the floor and Lynette entertained us with jokes.
Saturday included a visit to the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Rosa Parks Museum and trolley rides past historical places from the Civil Rights movement.
The theme for Saturday evening was “A Night in White” as we dined from the top floor of the RSA Plaza building overlooking the city. The highlight of the program was the participation of the next generation including Jeremiah & Brianna Bellamy, Trina & Hazel Bellamy, Joshua & Brianna Branch, Amran Grant, Aaron McGriff, Jada & Cassidy Roulhac, and Courtney Williams. Music was provided by the new “RFA Sextet” of Delceda Thompson, Dorothy Bethea, Joyce Marin, Lynette Hardy, Mozell Davis and Shirley Roulhac. Special recognition was given to Vyrle Davis for his many years service to the cause of education. The Association accepted a commendation from Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama, and a letter of recognition from Bobby N. Bright, Mayor of the City of Montgomery.