Thursday, November, 17, 2005

Founders Day draws lots of attention

Staff Writer

Large and small marching bands and dazzling majorettes provided plenty of entertainment for the 139th Rust College Founders Day Parade Saturday.

The parade was launched by Rust’s marching band with 10 high school bands from cities like Somerville, Memphis, Clarksdale, Tunica, Tupelo and Okolona in the lineup.

Numerous floats, cheerleading units and other organizations – 32 groups included – made for a long parade.

A large contingent of motorcyclists, and four-wheeler enthusiasts added to the excitement with several four-wheeler operators performing stunts on two wheels. The parade was brought up at the rear with the familiar equestrian show long counted on by parade watchers. Cowboys and cowgirls outfitted for the occasion put their horses through their gaits.

Extra spice, added to what was a good weather day, was provided by an antique car and motorcycle cruise to benefit Cole Hardy of Olive Branch.

The parade lineup included:

  • bands from Fayette High School, Somerville, Tenn..; Havenview High School, Memphis; Holly Springs High School; Clarksdale High School; John F. Kennedy High School, Mound Bayou; Partlow Drummers and Drumetts, Tupelo; Okolona High School; Rosa Fort High School, Tunica; Booker T. Washington High School; Northside High School; Memphis.
  • community organizations and clubs from Holy Family Childhood Center, Holy Family Cheerleaders squad; Golden Gate Peace Riders motorcycle ministry, Memphis; Holly Springs High School R.O.T.C.; Holly Springs High School DECA; From One Greek to Another, Olive Branch; Rust Club; Hopewell #2 float; Ida B. Wells Museum; Holly Springs Homecoming Court; Grenada Elementary Cheerleader squad; Holly Springs Headstart Male Involvement; Little Mr. & Miss. Latter Rain (church); Little Miss Spirit; Boy Scouts Pack #68; Zeta Amicae; The Golden Highsteppers, Memphis; Catrena Dyers (4-wheeler); Holly Springs Pop Warner Cheerleaders Ruff Riders; Trae’ Production Inc. “Practice What You Preach” Gospel Stage Play; Byhalia High School choir; Memphis Sizzlers; Trinity Mission Health Rehab.
  • representatives from Rust College from the Freshman Class; Ebone’ Fashion Club; International Students Association; Miss Senior; Miss Phi Beta Lambda; Miss Student Support Services; and Social Work.

There was a full weekend of activities in celebration of Founders Day.

The Founders’ address was presented by the Rev. Dr. Joreatha McCall Capers, formerly the assistant general secretary of the Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns of the United Methodist Church.

Mary Nell Harrell Mosley, class of 1953 and a retired educator, was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree by Rust College President David L. Beckley.

Other events included the Concert of Bands, the coronation of Miss Rust College-elect Ricca Wright, an International Alumni Associaton meeting, the Alumni Awards Banquet, an alumni basketball game and a Sunday memorial service at the gravesite of A.C. McDonald in the Hill Crest Cemetery.

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