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Spirit of strength, love
By Albertina Smith
On the night of October 7, an unforeseen tragedy swiftly exacted it's fate
on three of our black women students — Pamela Cummings, Myra Jeffries,
and Sonya Melvin. The realization that our friends have been taken away
from us at such a young age has baffled and angered many of us. We all have
personal memories that we alone can cherish. These memories will serve to
give us strength as we carry them onward in our own lives.
The most painful thought that we have to contend with is of not having the
chance to say good-bye. I'm sure that over the last few weeks we've all had
our share of contemplations that began with, "If only I had the chance to...",
"Why didn't I ever say...", or simply "Why?". Yet we as students of the
University were given the opportunity to say farewell to our loved ones in a
very meaningful way. A memorial service was prepared for Thursday, Oc
tober 13, and was appropriately held in Memorial Hall.
The mood that brought us all together was that of solemn quietude.
Despite the inclimate weather many of us went to Memorial Hall with hearts
full of sorrow. The pain of a sudden loss was seen throughout the audience
and the personage on stage. The students of the BSM Cultural subgroups
communicated their feelings of grief through the powerful message of move
ment, literary motif and musical rendition.
The arrangement of the program strongly exemplifies the togetherness of
our people, hn such a short period of time the subgroups worked together,
night after night, to make sure that all was perfect. They managed to plan
and to practice despite their mourning and grief. Indeed, the pain was self
evident as it stained not only their eyes, but those of everyone elses. Yet, they
found strength in each other to render a message of hope and sustenance.
Never before have the faces and voices of the performers demonstrated
such meaning and emotion. Their banding together in a time of sorrow and
their acknowledgement of our Creator was exuded through sheer spirituality
and soulfulness. Yet the all encompassing silence after each performance
told the story. A silence, verbous and momentus only Cod's voice in the
wind, rain, thunder, and toll of the bell tower inpeded it.
Throughout the audience, our eyes were clouded by warm tears and quiet
thoughts. We were thinking of a multitued of things based on the common
experience of death. Yet the greatest element, the greatest force that brought
us together was that of love, for our departed friends and for each other. Col
lectively, we comforted each other and found a semblance of strength in our
heart felt weakness.
Death is one of the hardest and coldest aspects of reality for us to face as
human beings. This fact of life is particularly difficult to deal when it touches
those who bring joy and laughter into our own lives. The night of the
memorial service was one of great spirit alive with the promises of our
Creator in the face of death.
At the end of the service, there was such a sharp contrast in the weather
that all took notice. Life seemed to thrive in the air — the birds continued
singing, the breeze blew gently, and the sun filtered through the leaves. It
was as if,God let us know that Sonya, Myra, and Pam were at peace in their
new home. Just as the elements of nature recycle themselves and live on, so
must the memories of our friends continue to thrive in our hearts.
' God told us that of the three gifts that we must have in our lives, "the
greatest of these is live". On the night of October 13, love, life's triumph over
death, was exemplified in a way that one of us will find easy to forget.
In Memory of
The Black Ink staff would like to express our sincerest wishes
of comfort and understanding to the families and friends
of Pam, Myra, and Sonya.
MU ZETA CHAPTER Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will present a fall
fashion show, "Fall Fashion '83", Friday, October 28,1983 in Great Hall of the
Carolina Union. Admission $1.00.
UNITED CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP will sponsor the Eighth Annual "Jam For
Jesus", October 29, 1983 Great Hall.
HALLOWEEN NIGHT FILM
The Carolina Union Committee will sponsor Alfred Hitchcock's film entitled
"Psycho", Monday, October 31, 1983 in the Union Auditorium. The film will
be shown at 7:00, 9:30, and 12:00.
A show of works by local photographers titled "Image from Eight" will be ex
hibited in the Union upstairs gallery through Nov. 4. Photographers
represented are Dee Dee Bazley, Catherine Carter, Mark Clark, Sioux Hassol,
Elsa Rebello, Lance Richardson, Seth Tice-Lewis and Barbara Tyroler.
An exhibition of tapestries by Lila Clerk is on exhibit in the Union downstairs
The exhibitions are free and open to the publilc. Call (919) 962-1157 for infor
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