George Moses Horton Day a hit
PITTSBORO — It was early in Don Tate’s life when he realized that basketball coaches wouldn’t be drawing up plays for him. He wasn’t good at sports.
“Our kids do not know their namesake,” Horton Middle principal Valencia Toomer said. “It was extremely important to me that our students understand who they are and that the name Horton was not just a name that came out of thin air, but exactly who he was — inspirational, motivating and determined.”
“The more that you do it, the better you get,” Tate told Horton Middle students, who shared the school’s auditorium with Horton alumni, who stood up and filled the room with “Dear Old Horton High,” the school song they sang when the building housed an all-black high school.
“That’s where you’re going to polish all of those talents,” Tate said. “You never know where your talents are gonna take you."
“This is where the idea of the George Moses Horton Day derived,” Toomer said. “It seemed to address all areas, and it would provide our current students with an inside and in-depth look at our namesake.”