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Volume 12, Number 7
BLAC K STLDF.NT MOVKMENT OF Fl( lAI, NKWSPAPER Universit> of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
VJSC students elect fourth Black homecoming queen
Nina Ford, escorted by Bernard Alston, became UNC’s fourth con
secutive Black Homecoming queen. Photo by Nelson Goins.
THERESA ANN WILLIAMS
Homecoming 1979 featured an array of activities for the campus Black
The weekend began with an all-campus Black Greek step show in Great
Hall. Participating Greeks were Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta,
and Zeta Phi Beta sororities, and Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, and
Omega Psi Phi fraternities. The finale of the massive step show was a
routine done by KOZADA. This group consisted of two or three members
from each of the Black Greek organization.
Mother’s Finest, performed before a sellout crowd of more than 1,600 in
concert in Memorial Hall. Featured selections included “Love Changes,”
“Give It Up,” “Baby Love,” “Mickey’s Monkey,” and “Somebody to Love.”
The concert was sponsored by the Carolina Union and the Carolina
After the concert the crowd flocked to the Tin Can to a jam sponsored by
the Black Greeks. Proceeds were given to various charities.
The highlight of UNC’s homecoming game against Clemson was the
crowning of Nina Ford as Homecoming Queen. Nina has the disinction of be
ing the fourth Black homecoming queen at Carolina. Nina was the only
Black candidate on the homecoming court. She was nominated by Omega
Psi Phi fraternity and selected by the Black Campus Cabinet.
Nina is a senior psychology and Afro-American Studies major from
Henderson. She is a resident advisor in Ehringhaus dorm, a member of the
Black Student Movement and a tutor for the Upward Bound program.
Despite the disappointing 19-10 loss to Clemson, the week-end was brought
to a happy end at the BSM Coronation Ball. (See related story)
Roz Fuse Crowned Miss BSM
Amidst dim lights, mellow music, and a semi-formal atmosphere, the
Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre, BSM Gospel Choir, and Opeyo Dancers
honored Roz Fuse, Miss BSM for 1979-80 at the BSM Coronation Ball on
The Ebony Readers under the direction of Roz Fuse, centered their per
formances around the ball’s theme; Black Woman. They made several ap
pearances throughout the program.
Chris Herring opened the program with a recitation of “Ebon Venus,”
which celebrated the Black Woman.
The group depicted the different aspects and personalities of the Black
woman. The Readers took us from the Black woman’s early childhood to her
struggle as a cosmopolitan person. They showed that some Black women
are lonely and frustrated with the pressures they have to undergo being a
woman and black.
The performances were basically effective, with the Readers using em
phatic gesutres and voice modulations, and appropriate dress.
Most of the Readers’ material was written by Black writers and two
poems came from popular songs.
The BSM Gospel Choir sung, “Get Back Satan,” and ‘Trying to Make
Heaven My Home.” The 20 members of the 40 member group forcefully
sang out the spiritual message, and accented their efforts with clapping and
swaying. A serious and reverent tone prevailed over the audience.
The 12 Opeyo Dancers, under the direction of Pamela Perkins, danced to
Mmnie Ripperton’s “Return to Forever.” Perkins choreographed the
Adorned in the classic black leotard tights, the dancers, four of whom are
males, added variety to their costumes. Some wore red skirts, some wore
white skirts and some simply had a white tie belt at their waists.
The Opeyo Dancers and BSM Gospel Choir were formed in 1971. The BSM
Drama Group, which was also formed that year, was named the Onyx
Theatre in 1977. It consolidated with the Ebony Readers this year. The
Ebony Readers were soon formed after the other BSM Cultural groups.
The evening was filled with culture and pride as couples and singles saw
the Black culture groups perform.
BSM Chairperson William Bynum and BSM Cultural Co-ordinator presid
ed over the evening’s event. Dye was the coordinator for the l>all.
Fuse was crowned by Karen Cuthrell, Miss Black North Carolina and
UNC student. The BSM-sponsored 1979 UNC Homecoming Queen, Nina
Ford, added a touch of pride as she was recognized by the audience.
Music and a disco followed the coronation and was provided by He/She
disco from Raleigh.
Roz Fuse was voted Miss BSM 1979-80 by her peers. Staff
photo by Jerome Moore.