PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia School District alumni reunite at Black and White Ball
Sunday, August 1, 2010 | 6:00 a.m. CDT;
updated 3:32 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Robert Vaughn, Wayne Bush, David Horrell, Frank Cochran and Audrey Thornton are all smiles while being photographed before the Black & White Ball dance, held at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center on Saturday. The ball, a reunion of Douglass High School alumni of all ages, has been held every three years since 1960.
COLUMBIA — This weekend marks the 18th Black and White Ball, a series of events that reunites black alumni from the Columbia Public School District. On Saturday morning the group met at Douglass Park for barbecue and socializing. On Saturday night, there was a formal dance held at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center. On Sunday afternoon, a talent show will begin at 3 p.m. in Douglass Park.
Live music brought guests to the dance floor at the 18th Black and White Ball. "We come together every year to celebrate those who taught us all to be good to each other," Mason Gordon, a graduate of Douglass who currently lives in New Orleans, said.
Guests came from as far as Texas, Louisiana and New York to the 18th annual Black & White Ball. The first ball was in 1960, and currently takes the form of a the three-day event, from Friday to Sunday, marked by a formal dinner and dance held at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center on Saturday.
George E. Stemmons and Ardella Prawford dance among friends during the 2010 Black and White Ball, a reunion of Douglass High School alumni, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center on Saturday. Many people in attendance, like Prawford, did not graduate from Douglass but retains close ties with friends and coworkers who did attend Douglass. "I came for the rock and roll, and the company," Prawford said.
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