Graduates of the Southeast Junior-Senior High School, 1958-1970, are celebrating another All-School Reunion, with activities beginning Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration and a fish fry at Prince Hall Lodge, 2906 E. Harding Ave. The evening activity will be a dance beginning at 9 p.m. at the same location. Registered participants will rock to old school and today’s music amid a Western theme.
On Saturday, registered reunion attendees will enjoy a picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a banquet at 7 p.m. Members of the classes of 1959, 1964 and 1969 will receive special recognition as they celebrate 55, 50 and 45 years since their high school graduations. Former teachers in attendance also will be recognized
The closing activities will feature two speakers from the classes of 1967 and 1969. The Rev. Joseph E. Washington, class of 1967, will be the speaker at the banquet, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at the lodge.
The Rev. Wayne R. Nolen, class of 1969, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the memorial service. Music will be provided by a special reunion choir. The service will follow an 8:30 a.m. brunch. Both will be at Breath of Life Church, 1313 Pine St., where the Rev. Kerry Price, class of 1963, is pastor.
Washington has served as a minister in The United Methodist Church for 40 years. After receiving his master of divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, he began pastoring in Boston, Mass., where he met his wife of 27 years, Dode Washington. In addition to pastoring in Boston, he served as the senior adviser to the mayor of Boston, and was also the chairman and CEO of the Organization for a New Equality, a non-profit agency that promotes economic opportunity for women, people of color and economically distressed communities.
Before moving to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 2002, Washington lived in New York and pastored St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in New Rochelle, N.Y. and Brooks Memorial in Jamaica, Queens. For the past 10 years, he has been on Extension Ministry in Myrtle Beach, where he founded SharedCare, a health care collaborative that addresses the needs of low income uninsured residents of Horry County. He established a mentoring program, which later became the mentoring program for students at Coastal Carolina University. In 2011, he founded the Academy of Hope, a year-round public charter school based on the principles of international business. He currently serves as the executive secretary for Africa for the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
Nolen is a native of Pine Bluff, the son of the late Rev. John H. and the late Delores Nolen. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he was a member of the band and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
He accepted the call to ministry in 2002 and became a licensed minister through the Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies and currently serves as an elder and watch care leader at The Potter’s House in Dallas. He is also the founder of Wayne R. Nolen Ministries that focuses on spiritual teaching and enrichment through the word of God. He also is deeply involved in prison ministry.
Nolen and his wife, Yolanda, reside in The Colony, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.