At the Leeds High School Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 23, 2021, scholarship awards totaling $3,373,975.00 were given to students from various colleges, universities and organizations. The Association awarded two scholarships this year totaling $4,000.00. For additional details, view presentation.
We can not express our appreciation enough for the support of Mr. Rayford Williams, Principal, Leeds High School and Ms. Christy Bartee, Counselor for their support of the R. R. Moton High School Alumni Association and the Leeds community.
We stand on the shoulders of those members who have gone before us. One of the foundational leaders, Dr. Carl Marbury continues to work tirelessly with the Association and the community. The views expressed by Dr. Marbury in the video below are still needed.
We have been fortunate over the past few years to have outstanding leaders and speakers at our reunions. We have danced the Wobble. traded war stories, accomplishments and share relatable experiences . DeVoris Ragland-Pierce was the speaker at 2015 Reunion. A full account of previous reunions can be viewed under the Reunion Dropdown Tab. At the 2019 Reunion, Mary Pearl Russell delivered an original poem entitled “The Legacy of Robert Russa Moton High School 1948 -1970.”. That poem was adopted as the official school poem at the 2019 General Assembly. During the early days, we even marched in parades. Charlie Brown was the head drum major and our 2018-2019 President, Alma England was the head majorette on the video clip.
Over the years the R. R. Moton High School Alumni Association has had many donors and contributors to the success of the organization. Many contributors have provided support by donating money and time through participation in meetings, program development and reunions. We are unable to mention all of them, but at this time we would like to highlight a few to just say. “Thank You”
One of the most generous contributors to the Association’s Scholarship Fund, and member of the R. R. Moton High Hall of Fame, Mr. Nathan Martin (Class of 1956), has created a presentation that allows viewers to reflect and reminisce. The montage consists of pictures from previous reunions as well as additional pictures. Thank you Mr. Martin for all you do to “Keep the Legacy Alive” and support the scholarship fund of the Robert Russa Moton High National Alumni Association.
Another generous contributor to the Leeds community, and Legacy of the R. R. Moton High School Alumni Association, former Auburn and NBA basketball star who graduated from Leeds High School in 1981, Charles Barkley has donated $1,000 to each employee at Leeds High School. Charles is the son of the late Charcey Mae Barkley Glenn another strong supporter of the Association. A special thank you to Charles for his support of the Leeds Community. The Article, “Up From Leeds”, chronicles some history and events surrounding the Legacy of Leeds and the Leeds community.
The Chaplain for the Association, Rev. Dr. Johnny Hicks has also made significant contributions to the organization. In addition, he adds his time and energy while serving on the Executive Board. His responsiveness and attention to projects is very much appreciated. His achievements have been acknowledged in the Association’s Spotlight Section. Consider adding your name or someone worthy of acknowledgement to the Spotlight Section via the submission form on that page.
Hall of Fame
Nominations for the Moton Hall of Fame are due by May 31st every year. Raymond Marbury has served as Chair of the R. R. Moton High School Hall of Fame (RRMHSHOF) since it’s inception. The purpose of the RRMHSHOF is to recognize former graduates and non-graduates of Moton High School for their outstanding achievements and extraordinary contributions to the R. R. Moton High School or the Jefferson County School District or other school districts.
Virtual Pop-up Store Fundraiser
To raise money for scholarships and general maintenance of the Association, a Virtual Pop-up Store with the assistance of the ©Double Good Popcorn Franchise was launched April 9-13. This creative method of fundraising was an efficient and fast way to virtually fundraise for the Association.