Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #52

Couple: Cari Tindall and Zachary Dillard

Date of Wedding:  July 19, 2014

Place: St. Matthew AME Zion (Rock Hill, SC)

Officiant: Rev. James Grubb

Fun facts

The couple met at Zaxby's in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where they both attended Claflin University.  The groom says that that bride hit on him, but she asserts that she was simply introducing herself.

The couple endured a long distance relationship while they were both in graduate school.  He was in Atlanta and she was in State College, PA.

The couple held their wedding at the bride's grandfather's church.

The couple performed a wedding reception entrance dance to Janelle Monae's "Electic Lady" and their wedding party created a bridge for them to walk under similar to what the wedding party did at bride's parents' wedding 25 years earlier.

The bride and groom took several trips during their courtship and a favorite was Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they visited an underground waterfall called Ruby Red Falls.

The bride and groom played tennis the morning before he proposed and he won.  She still hasn't forgotten that because they are both pretty competitive.



Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #23

Couple: Tara Williams and Damien Forsythe

Date of Wedding:  August 25, 2012

Place: The Hall and Garden at Landmark (Garner, NC)

Officiant: Reverend Jonathan Ford

Fun facts

The bride and groom met in 1997 at a track meet at Clayton High School.  The groom was a senior at North Johnston High School and the bride was a freshman at Smithfield-Selma Senior High School.

The groom was supportive of everything the bride wanted for their wedding although he thought some things were unnecessary.  He came to appreciate all of the small details the bride had thought of to make their day extra special and to this day, he still tells her how much he enjoyed their wedding.

The couple have three children: two boys and one girl.

The bride and groom are HBCU rivals. The groom is a NC A&T Aggie and the bride is a NC Central Eagle.

The couple is competitive in air hockey.


Sanders Featured in New HBCU Documentary

Crystal R. Sanders is featured in and served as a consultant for filmmaker Stanley Nelson's new documentary "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities," which will air nationwide on PBS on February 19, 2018 at 9 pm EST.  The film explores the pivotal role that HBCUs and their alumni have played in shaping the United States and world.  Sanders has a forthcoming scholarly article on Dr. Willa Player, the president of Bennett College from 1955 until 1966.