Another fond memory was the Richmond High Ramblers’ 1943 state basketball championship.
The old days were not all good, she said. Drinking fountains, restrooms, transportation and schools were all segregated. “Faith in God and a strong work ethic,” however, “saw us and our forefathers through the years of Jim Crow, segregation and the struggle for civil rights.”
The world has changed dramatically since Richmond High graduated its last class in 1956, she said. (The school building, which is now part of the Telford YMCA, continued to serve as a junior high and elementary school until 1973.) “Desegregation prevailed, and today’s students have computers and cell phones.”
Recent years also have seen a decline in “the work ethic and moral values,” Phelps-Broyles said.
“We need organizations like the Richmond High School Alumni Association to remind us of where we came from and how far we have come.”
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