Former Robert Moton students hold scholarship event Friday

Neighbors

April 14, 1997|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE FORMER Students of Robert Moton School, a Westminster-based group, will hold its annual Scholarship Dinner / Dance at Martin's in Westminster on Friday.

Organizers expect at least 300 people, all former students of the old Robert Moton School, which closed in 1965. It's a chance to remember old times and to honor members who graduated during years with a seven.

"Since it's 1997, we'll honor students who graduated in the years 1937, 1947 and 1957," said Elizabeth Hooper, one of the honorees.

"Our first dance and dinner was held in 1974," Hooper said. "We honored three teachers that first year."

Similar to many African-American schools in the era of segregation, the old Robert Moton High School, on Church and Charles streets, was somewhat behind the times, Hooper said.

"We always got what was left over," said Hooper, who was one of 21 graduates in 1921. "And we had to go outside and down the hill to go to the bathroom."

Later this year, the group will award scholarships to five African-American students, one from each high school in Carroll County.

"In 1974, we presented our first scholarship of $500 to a student from one school. Now, we award five," Hooper said.

Gospel music

The Carroll County Choral Society will present its 27th Spring Concert to the community April 21 and 22 at 7: 30 p.m. at Westminster High School.

In the past, the group has highlighted all styles of music: Broadway, big band, Gershwin, patriotic, country-western, religious and secular.

This year, the concert, "Gimme That Old Time Religion," will feature gospel music. Guest performers include Shan Towns and Gene Frock. Favorite songs such as "A Closer Walk With Thee," "The King is Coming" and "Nearer My God to Thee" will be featured. All will perform under the direction of Herb Sell and be accompanied by Beverly Wells.

The Carroll County Choral Society formed in September 1970, and gave its first concert for Christmas that year in the old Westminster High School. Sell, a choral music teacher at Westminster from 1957 to 1992, was named director of the chorus.

The group moved to the new high school when it opened in 1971 and has offered two concerts a year there.

In addition to the semiannual concerts, the chorus has performed at many functions throughout the county.

For 13 years, the group traveled annually to WMAR-TV (Channel 2) to tape a Christmas program.

Proceeds from concerts have been donated to such local charities as Hope Inc., the Historical Society, the Arc, Carroll County General Hospital, Carroll Hospice and Timber Ridge.

Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the Carroll County Arts Council, 15 E. Main St., or at the door. Children 10 and younger will be admitted for free.

Information: 410-549-6827 or 410-848-9080.

Pub Date: 4/14/97

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