on Black History Month
celebrate the value of black culture through their stories
and personal experiences with involvement.
Melda Henton was on her way home from work one day in
1975 when she was hit by a car in Port Arthur. The accident
broke most of the bones in her body, but the driver
sped off and left her for dead.
Hentons employer found her hours later, contacted
Hentons family and rushed her into the hospital,
but she wasnt immediately given medical attention
not until the next day because of her
black skin, said senior communications major Tracy Williams,
My grandmama was taken to the hospital the day of the
accident, but the first hospital did not accept her.
The next day she was emitted into a different hospital,
but her visit was cut short and she still didnt
receive the attention needed, Williams said.
Grandmamas third visit to another hospital was
where she received the medical attention needed.
She healed and never once said a menacing word
against those persons who hit her. Instead of being
consumed by hate, my grandmother moved on and continues
on today working with little children and singing.
Black History Month is counting down its final days
of celebration. There has been soul food in The Main,
art exhibits and the upcoming Apollo Night. But Williams
grandmother is a walking account of the Tragic to Triumph
theme carried through out the month.
Williams said the greatest triumph is the ability to
keep moving forward and that Black History Month is
a time to cherish the progress achieved and future achievements.
Greg Trevino, assistant director of Intercultural Education
and Services, said this month is a time to reflect on
the success of African American individuals throughout
Reese, a sophomore communication studies major, said
he finds pride in who he is because of the struggles
his black ancestors went through.
Their songs of encouragement and inspiration still
reigns in hearts today and when I feel discouraged in
seeing change I sing them, Reese said. My
favorite song growing up was, We shall overcome.
Sophomore physics major Clement Ogujiofor said he was
pleased with most of the events but disappointed with
the myths forum because it was meant for racial groups
besides African American and only black students attended.
There is no point in telling ourselves what we
already know, but Im sure some things were still
learned, Ogujiofor said.
Trevino said uneasiness toward culture programming existed
when he was a student here.
You can point to the lack of white students at
cultural events as apathetic but there could be uneasiness
because that individual has never been a minority before,
Trevino said. I find that interesting because
our minority students feel that same way coming into
TCU but yet are expected to fit right in.
tables are turned, it becomes uncomfortable, Trevino
said. If anything, its an education process
and thats what we try to do here at TCU, build
our students into better leaders by providing them opportunities
to learn more about other cultures.
As long as we are moving forward we never have
to dwell long on the past, and can savor the success
of the past, present and future. For we know that even
though we may struggle on our journey, that struggle
is still one step toward success. The past is there
to serve as an anchor for us, but in time, all anchors
are raised in order for the journey to continue,