- Faith & Family
One of the most anticipated games of last week was the Miami Northwestern Bulls against the Miami Carol City Chiefs with much pomp and
circumstance. It started with the Bulls marching band waiting to bring out the team through a makeshift tunnel filled with smoke, followed by the national anthem played with a quartet of trumpets and trombones. The coaching staff was introduced by announcer, Willie Wilcox: Coach Stephen Fields, Principal Wallace Aristide of Northwestern, Coach Harold Barnwell and Principal Ja’Marv Dunn of Carol City.
Since it was Northwestern’s home game, the booster clubs took advantage of the time by selling football programs, collecting monies for the cheerleaders, selling paraphernalia and soul food and constantly reminding everyone to register and vote in November. Joseph Robinson scored first for NW in the first quarter and Akeem Jones tied the score in the second quarter as the 6,000 fans awaited the brewing half-time show by the opposing bands. Both bands were colorful in their new uniforms, especially the dancers for NW and the flag staff for CC. Even “the Bulls” gave “the Chiefs” an ovation for their style of presentation.
NW’s last hope came in the fourth quarter that resulted in a one-yard loss. The alumni of NW left feeling bitter and disgusted with talk of making changes in the coaching department. However, among the fans were Ken Washington, Peggy Bouille and Patrick Jones — 2004’s “Man Of Tomorrow” and a teacher at NW.
Louise Lowe, a culinary artist of pigeon peas and rice, celebrated 90 years of living last week before 600 church and family members at the Vision of Victory Banquet Room, with Mabel Wilson as the emcee. Lowe was escorted after arriving in a limousine as the guests sang “Happy Birthday” with the Clarke family giving a new beat consisting of Emily Clarke, Iris Strachan, Anquette Wray and Carmel Clarke. Eugene and Alexander Lowe took over as floor managers during the serving of the food while Wilson supervised a video of the honoree and kept the guests amused with her lovable style. Also Edwin Demeritte’s table boosted the program with conversation, laughter and camaraderie.
Some of the guests were Martina Sanders, Hazel Rolle, Dorcas Bain Marion Pratt, Winifred Beacham, Dorothy Hanna, Mary Cunningham, Wilbert McKenzie, Sherman Mills, Kenshann Ferguson, Lynette McKenzie, Phil Edgecomb, Ebony, Leena and Vincent Sturrup, Bryant Williams, Sybil and Rev. Herschel Johnson, Brandon Glover, J. Adderly and Rodney Cox.
Something special is in the air. Save the date for the 50th anniversary celebration re-uniting Shirley-Ann Edwards and Weston Edwards, Saturday, October 27th.
Also, Bethune-Cookman University alumni are required to support the appearance of the Gospel Choir at Opa-locka UMC located on Obama Ave. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Be ready to show love.
By Dr. Richard Strachan