There was a time, really not that long ago, we had two distinct communities in our fine county. One was black and one was white. Today we are thankful that this division no longer exists for the majority of our residents.
There are no divided leadership or business roles in our county. Not anymore. Thanks to the sweat and toil and, of course, a lot of patience from the people of Newton County, we have moved past racial inequality. It’s because of those efforts we have a better community.
A year ago a wrong was righted the when the R.L Cousins High School gym, a symbol of pride and joy in the black community, was returned to its former glory and reopened.
The historic gym had been allowed to fall into disrepair, but through the persistence of community leaders, Tommy Hailey and the Newton County Recreation Commission board, Cousins Gym was reborn. There was a large contingent of community people at its rededication. Tonight there will be another chance to honor the accomplishments of some of our neighbors.
The court in the Cousins Gym will be dedicated and renamed the Jimmy Wright Court in honor of the coach who led the 1965 Cousins team to state runner-up status. The grand event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the gym.
Coach Wright was a fine man who led his warriors to victory time and time again. He also worked with his charges to see that they became successful contributors to our community.
We praise Coach Wright for his service and dedication.
Go Wolverines. May you forever live in lore in Newton County history.