Zuri Adele: We knew her when

16 May

I’ve been looking for an excuse to post this video in this blog since I launched it. Now it seems like this is my last chance. My good friend Jack Hubbard shot it when my daughter Zuri, whom he calls “The Swan” graduated high school. I can’t believe it’s been four years.

On Sunday, Zuri Adele will graduate from Spelman College, BA in Theatre, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude.

Ebenezer would have been proud.

She’s all grown up, but her essence has not changed. She is still, as the citation for the Gunn High School Faculty Cup Award, written by teacher Jessica Hawkins, stated:

“Observant, wise, generous and funny. All the light she shines makes the rest of us look better, want to ‘be’ better, on stage and off. She doesn’t steal scenes, she makes you want to give them to her – but she’d never abuse the privilege. She’s impossible not to watch and listen to: a live, beating heart with a ready mile-wide smile and the brains to back it up. The only consolation in her leaving is the understanding that she was meant for greatness beyond the boundaries of the school she’s already helped make great. She walks to a rhythm everyone wants to follow and the world will be a better place with her leading it.”

6 Responses to “Zuri Adele: We knew her when”

  1. Anonymous June 30, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Hi thanks for sharing this family memory. I am friends with Zuri and Tracy and enjoy reading your post and love Zuri and her spirit! -Elexia

  2. Tess December 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    What a perfect tribute– Zuri is so lovely!
    I am enjoying looking through you blog, Elaine.

    • Elaine Ray December 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      Thank you, Tess. Hope to see you see.

  3. CraftHappy August 28, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Wonderful. Sorry I am late on seeing this, but congrats to Zuri! – Meredith K

  4. Elaine Ray May 17, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Thank you, Henrietta. It really is a blessing, as you know. See you soon?

  5. Henrietta May 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    Congratulations to your daughter. What a great Mother’s Day Tribute to the both of you.

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