In honor of Wyley and Ouida Wright, their children Jackie Wright, Joe Wright with wife Brenda, Stanley Wright with wife Viola, and Phyllis Cameron with husband Woodrow and their granddaughter Tiffanie Chiles-Mitchell with husband Carlos hosted the Simmons Family Reunion in San Francisco at the historic Westin St. Francisco Hotel.
Mostly Cousins of Wyley Wright, the Simmons usually have their reunion on the eastern seaboard from Jacksonville, Florida to Poughkeepsie, New York. Years after migrating to San Francisco, the Wright children recently found out that San Francisco would have been the first city their father would have returned home to, if he had survived Viet Nam. (A member of the 114th Airmobile Company of Fort Knox, Kentucky, 2 weeks from coming home, after completing a meritorious year long tour, he died while serving as an honor guard for then Secretary of Defense Robert Strange McNamara, a native of San Francisco).
The July 4th Weekend honored Wyley Wright, December 7, 1931-March 9, 1964 & Ouida McLendon Wright, Jan. 10, 1935-March 9, 1970. This reunion video with family, friends, and performances by Infinity Productions' Mary Booker, Tiffany Fuller & Verna Howard and Blind R&B Singer Rufus Wonder at the Empress of China Restaurant is a work in progress. Thanks to Tuskegee Airman Ben Reed and his lovely wife I Lee Murphy Reed, founder of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the annual "Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea" for attending. Also with us was Dr. Maxine Hickman, President of the SF NCBW. Thank you, Dr. Hickman. Reverend Greggory Brown of Oakland, CA was on hand to give the family blessing along with his lovely wife, Mary.. Thank you, Reverend Gregg and Mary!
Thanks to everyone who traveled across country to attend. Special Thanks to Ida Mae Bennett and Annie Mae Bordeaux for keeping the reunion going. Ida had to be hospitalized the night of the banquet but insisted we carry on and suggested the reunion be brought back to Florida. With sister Annie Mae and daughter Netta (Vanessa) at her side, she recuperated quickly, Thanks to the Lord! It will be held in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012.
Shout out to Trey Houston for editing and videotaping of banquet. Expect to see more of Brother Jaye's stills of family portraits, Jacquie Taliaferro's clips of our tour. If anyone has any video they'd like to share send it to Jackie and also post on the Simmons Family Reunion Facebook Page. Muchos Gracias!!!