It's A Love Thing

Virtual Heritage Celebration 2020
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Our Story

The Booker T. Washington Family

Learning. Opportunity. Virtue. Excellence.

For the lifetime of its alumni and generations beyond, Booker T. Washington High School (BTW), Columbia, South Carolina, continues to fortify the collective conscience with achievement and light. Because of the love poured into and out of administrators, teachers, parents, students and community, the reverberations of pride, dignity and promise that were once ringing the halls of BTW are now also resounding across the nation: the BTW Foundation—alumni, scholarship recipients, legacies and legacy builders—continue to come together in annual reunion over the rich legacy of the first high school established for the education of African-Americans in SC’s capital city. It’s A Love Thing!

"The legacy of BTW is alive and well in its alumni, their legacies and the community’s legacy builders."

Our Reunion

Loyal. One. Vibrant. Eternal.

To know BTW is to love BTW! Kinship and friendship reign supreme in the 104 years of BTW’s historic presence. And, since the school’s closing in 1974, nearly 500 Alumni, their family and friends return annually in reunion. This year marks the 45th Annual Heritage Celebration. And, love will bring everyone together in this first-ever virtual experience. It’s A Love Thing!

"BTW is part of you."
Events

2020 Virtual Heritage Celebration Lineup

Heritage Celebration 2020 will be presented on Zoom, a virtual meeting platform that is accessible by cell phone, tablet or computer. Registration will be required to gain access. The Heritage Celebration will consist of 3 events in the months of June, July and August.

Fri

Jun 26

Back on The Block Welcome Mixer

Celebrate our BTW Tornado Spirit in festive Black & Gold! Invite family, friends, and community to our “Back on the Block” Welcome Mixer, the interactive launch party for Heritage Celebration 2020.

Fri

Jul 31

Heritage & Scholarship Celebration Fundraiser

Accept the BTW fundraising challenge! Donate $50 to register for exclusive access to this Virtual Program and After Party with family & friends. Perpetuate Our Heritage with your tax-deductible gift.

Sun

Aug 30

Alumni Memorial Service, John Work Chorus and Millennium Society Induction

Come celebrate our faith and commemorate our family. The John Work Chorus will bring peace and joy to our souls through the timeless tradition of Negro spirituals.

Learn How To Attend virtually. Have questions about the 2020 Events?

Memories

The Heritage We Share

Linked. Ordained. Vested. Entrusted.
Our lineage is powerful, sustained by a fortifying DNA that endures trials, replicates magnificence and commands triumph. We share a bond that is thicker than blood and stronger than pride. It’s A Love Thing.

"Some of South Carolina’s most lauded native sons and daughters were educated at BTW."
"The secondary education of Black people in South Carolina has first and deep roots at BTW."
"BTW supplied educators, entrepreneurs and extraordinary citizens to America."
"The BTW High School Auditorium is listed on the National Register of Historic Places."

Lest We Forget...

Our story is one of love. Our devotion keeps our story alive. Our heritage is the seal of our devotion. It’s A Love Thing!

How To

How To Attend

The 2020 Heritage Celebration will be presented via Zoom, a free digital platform.  The Zoom Meeting Room provides a way for people to talk and see each other over the internet thru live audio and visual, similar to Facetiming with a group.  It’s easy to use.  The 3-Step Virtual Guide below provides tutorials that will help you get comfortable with Zoom.

The 3–Step Virtual Guide:

Step
1
Zoom: Sign Up & Download

Learn how to sign up for Zoom and download the desktop meeting app.

Step
2
Zoom: Join a Meeting

Learn how to join a Zoom meeting!

Step
3
Zoom: Virtual Background

Learn how to use a virtual background!

Step
1
Zoom: Sign Up & Download

Learn how to sign up for Zoom and download the desktop meeting app.

Step
2
Zoom: Join a Meeting

Learn how to join a Zoom meeting!

Step
3
Zoom: Virtual Background

Learn how to use a virtual background!

Grow The BTW Family. Nominate a new Millennium Society member.

Keeping the Foundation alive for generations to come is both a privilege and a responsibility. Alumni and Millennium Society (MS) Members share this charge as MS sponsors. In nominating candidates for the Society, sponsors are also responsible for ensuring a one-time fee of $65 (per nominee) is provided to the Foundation.

Sponsor a Millennium Society Member

Stay Connected

Let’s stay in touch! Please provide your contact information for the BTW Foundation roster.

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Contact Us

Questions, concerns, suggestions? The Heritage Celebration Committee will respond promptly to your inquiries about the 2020 events.

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