ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN)—An important observance took place over the weekend for those educators who helped integrate enterprise city schools more than 50 years ago.

At the Urban Unity reunion, the class of 1976 sponsored the event. In the late 1960s, black educators like Z. I. Fleming and music instructor, William Cooper, who is now Enterprise mayor helped make a peaceful transition to integration.

During that same period, there was “Unrest” in many areas of the south as the federal courts ordered that segregation would come to an end.

With many of these black education pioneers now in their late 70s and 80s, The reunion wanted to thank them for their courage and determination.

Townsend says with time taking its toll on the Early African American educators who helped integrate the schools in the late 60s and early 70s.

This was a good time to Thank them for their courage during civil rights in a turbulent period in the South, especially in Alabama.