That Old Playground Song


I had to have been about 7 when I first learned it.
You know, that old playground song: “John and Kayla sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes looove, then comes maaarriage, then comes the baby in the baaabyyy carriage.”

For educated Black women, though, this fairytale scenario that we used to sing about while playing hopscotch during recess is not always the case. The statistics say so—a number of them. A recent Brookings Institution article cited that about 80 percent of educated White women marry a well-educated man, versus about 50 percent of educated Black women. I wasn’t at all surprised by these stats, but they did get my wheels turning.

While, in many cases, there is some truth to these statistics, we cannot dismiss the laundry list of factors that contribute to these numbers. But despite these stats, the laundry list and this overall idea, these numbers further heighten my awareness of the importance of celebrating often the fruitful unions that stand against these odds within the Black educated community. In this issue, We Are HU Family, we do just that.

We highlight and place on a pedestal about 100 couples who originally found love while studying at Howard University, went on to get married, may have welcomed the baby in the baby carriage, and later sent those babies to the Mecca. The young and seasoned couples featured not only beat the statistics, but their high profile professions and in-depth research across the globe are a testament to President Wayne A. I. Frederick’s five priorities for his administration.

The 50 HU Love Snippets will reveal little-known fun facts about each couple’s initial meeting, first date and reasons for choosing one another as spouses. And the faces that appear in Class Couples will bring back nostalgia for those school days we won’t soon forget.

Black love is alive and well, both inside and outside the educated community. Let’s allow these pages to be a constant reminder of that, and celebrate those who have found that love right here on the ripe grounds of Howard University.





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