Booker T. Washington Grads help kick-off year long centennial celebration

Tulsa - Rosetta Sears-Scott looks around looking for some of her Booker T. Washington High School classmates. She was invited to the kick-off celebration of the school's inauguration 100 years ago.

"It's wonderful but I don't know anyone here, these are young people, I'm an old member of BTW," she said.

At 95, she graduated in 1935, one of the oldest graduates in attendance.

"I feel honored that I have lived this long and be able to see this 100 th celebration," she said gleaming with Hornets pride.

Kenny Monday said it was his class motto that helped him make U.S. history.

"My class motto was "If it is to be it's up to me'," he said.  "To go and make the Olympic team and be the first black Olympic gold medalist in wrestling that motto stayed with me for all my life."

Monday graduated in 1980, his wife Sabrina a member of the class of 1979. She too has gone one to do great things and represent BTW with pride. 

"It's heartwarming to be here on such a historical day," she said. "As we kick off the 100th Anniversary, it means a lot it's a blessing we don't take for granted."

Several events celebrating BTW are planned throughout the year.

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