Are any of you familiar with Howard University? It is an African American College that was founded in 1867. The school is located in our nation’s capital. Howard is not just any school, they are one of the leading research colleges in the country. So you best have a sharp mind to attend. And it just so happens that these two are extremely bright, and both attended Howard. And wouldn’t you know it, they met in a research class. Now our Groom Reggie is a good ole boy from Texas, and Texans are not shy. Reggie “popped the question” at the end of that semester. And our Bride Aretha had no problem saying a big “YES”.
A lot had to happen before these two got married. First they wanted to be by the water so they chose the San Diego Sheraton. As for family considerations, Aretha’s family was from Mississippi, where her great grandmother of 98 yrs lives. So it was important that great grandma could make the trip, as well as the rest of her family coming from the south. Wedding planning went off without a hitch as they approached their Wedding Day. And that is when the idea of “jumping the broom” came in to play. “jumping the broom”, as it is known in some African-American communities, is how “marrying couples” will end their ceremony, by jumping over a broomstick, either together or separately. This practice is well attested, for as a marriage ceremony for slaves in the Southern United States in the 1840s and 1850s was often not permitted.
Their Wedding day came in the middle of July, while Southern California was undergoing a heat wave. Not only was their heat, but also there was humidity. And that spelled trouble for me as I fought to keep the sweat from dripping off my forehead in to my eyes. But as I looked around, it seemed like I was the only one sweating profusely. The ushers had distributed fans, which all of the ladies were using. But no one was sweating like I was. Then I realized that this weather was normal for these folks from the south. So I just had to “suck it up”. And so I did, and now I present you with the results.