St. Michael Catholic School Alumni Association Saddened By Untimely Death of Munah Pelham-Youngblood

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The St. Michael Catholic Alumni Association (SMCSAA) says it is saddened by the untimely death of alumna Munah Pelham-Youngblood after a protractive period of illness. The Association said her death is a devastating blow to the Alma Mater and the alumni association.

The statement issued over the weekend states that Hon. Youngblood was not only a notable alumni of the St. Michael, but was also very supportive of every activities of thein alumna Youngblood association and committed in ensuring that the Alma Mater remains an outstanding brand amongst other schools in Liberia.

“The alumni association also takes proud in Alumna Youngblood rise to stardom as a fearless advocate for girls and women rights, and a respected political icon. She was a slavish patriot, an outstanding nationalist and an unrelenting soldier in the fight for better Liberia,” the statement said.

According to the statement, Hon. Youngblood exemplified and exhibited all the wordings written on the badge of the Alma Mater “Wisdom, Truth, And Love.”

“Her actions and inactions on the national scene was guided by wisdom, she showed love to all of us, her classmates, schoolmates and even her political opponents. She was true to her conscience and firmed in her beliefs and position she took on critical matters concerning our country,” the association’s release said.

The association continued: “As we mourn the loss of Hon. Youngblood, we take courage in the impact she made on our school as an alumni, on the society as a right advocate and a venerated stateswoman.”

The alumni association extends deepest sympathy to Alumni Lorenzo Pelham and Emmanuel P. Zopi, Jr (Brother and Cousin) of the deceased alumna, the family and the people of electoral District #9, the Congress for Democratic Change and the Government of Liberia, stating “May her soul rest in perfect peace.”

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  1. Elected as the youngest female member ever to an African Legislature at the age 27, Hon. Muna Pelham-Youngbloodś grass-root acceptance is unequaled and unmatched in Liberian History, African History, and World History!!!

    NO wonder she transitioned to glory at the age of 36; just as Princess Diana, Bob Marley, Henry V of England, Marilyn Monroe and Frantz Fanon – the astute erudite intellectual, political philosopher, political radical, and Pan-Africanist, all of whom who also transitioned to the heavens at age 36!!!

    And what has thrown us into an unforgettable grief-stricken sorrow, is that though we do not know Hon. Muna Pelham-Youngbloodś, and have never ever met her or physically seen her, we have, minutes ago, learned or realized that we personally know her mother ( Elizabeth Sarkpa Broh- Pelham), and her late father (Col. Walter Maxwell Pelham)!!!

    Her Mother ELizabeth Sarkpa Broh-Pelham was our junior in academia at the foot-hills of the Wologisi Mountains in North- Western Liberia, while her late father, the natural born lecturer, professional soccer coach, school administrator and proprietor in academe, Col. Walter Pelham and us were the owners of Monrovia, which was for us, our building in them days of old!

    Hence, in my wonderment, we ask the gods (Daniel 2:11) as to why would Heaven nearly four decades ago, decide to LOSE AN ANGEL, so that Liberia may GAIN AN ANGEL on September 22, 1983; but only to have the same very Heaven, this time around, have Liberia lose AN ANGEL, so that Heaven regains ITS ANGEL!??!!

    • Poor healthcare = Low life expectancy. It’s not rocket science, folks! It’s unfortunate that she lost her battle but this horror show in Liberia has played too many times already and nothing is being done to fix the poor healthcare system. If the so-called leaders can die of curable diseases, one can only imagine the death rate for ordinary Liberians. Now, it looks like life expectancy in Liberia is about 61 years. Usually it is too late by the time you leave Liberia to seek healthcare abroad.

  2. It is written: As A man or woman, casting off worn-out garments, taketh new ones, so the dweller in the body, casting off worn-out bodies, entereth into others that are new.

    For sure is the death of him or her that is born, and sure the birth of him that is dead; therefore over the inevitable though shouldst not grieve (John 11:25)!!!”

    Take heart, St. Michael Catholic School Alumni Association, and all of those who sat in class wherever with THAT STAR OF LIBERIA, AFRICA, AND THE WORLD – your former school and class mate Muna, has set your school as A CITY OF LIGHT AND HOPE ON A HILL, on the continent of Africa and beyond!!!

    Therefore, as another St. Michaelian radiance and ANGEL (Muna Evangeline Pelham -Youngblood) has entered the heavens, her words that “Blessed shall you all be, for the Lord God is with thee” as “your life must be fertile and nothing will withstand the promises of God upon all of you in Jesus name”; shall ever remain her triumphant spirit resounding to you in the spirit of Henry Wordsworth Longfellowś PSALM OF LIFE:

    Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
    Life is but an empty dream!
    For the soul is dead that slumbers,
    And things are not what they seem.

    Life is real! Life is earnest!
    And the grave is not its goal;
    Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
    Was not spoken of the soul.

    Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
    Is our destined end or way;
    But to act, that each to-morrow
    Find us farther than to-day.

    Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
    And our hearts, though stout and brave,
    Still, like muffled drums, are beating
    Funeral marches to the grave.

    In the world’s broad field of battle,
    In the bivouac of Life,
    Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
    Be a hero in the strife!

    Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
    Let the dead Past bury its dead!
    Act,— act in the living Present!
    Heart within, and God o’erhead!

    Lives of great men all remind us
    We can make our lives sublime,
    And, departing, leave behind us
    Footprints on the sands of time;

    Footprints, that perhaps another,
    Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
    A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
    Seeing, shall take heart again.

    Let us, then, be up and doing,
    With a heart for any fate;
    Still achieving, still pursuing,
    Learn to labor and to wait.

    May that great REVOLUTIONARY AND STAR OF AFRICA (Muna Pelham), shine from lifetime to lifetime as St. Michael Catholic School Alumni Association and St. Michael High School remains a city of light and hope on a hill with academic excellence, institutional vibrancy, and triumphant continuity!!!

  3. May that great REVOLUTIONARY AND STAR OF AFRICA (Muna Pelham), shine from lifetime to lifetime as St. Michael Catholic School Alumni Association and St. Michael High School REMAIN a city of light and hope on a hill with academic excellence, institutional vibrancy, and triumphant continuity!!!

  4. The writer of this piece needs to consult the dictionary because his description of the late Munah in the third paragraph which says, “She was a Slavish patriot…” sounds somewhat derogatory! For one thing, slavish definition could mean being sycophantic, behaving like a slave, or a servile person.

    Sometimes people who are loyal to their country may want to be considered as patriotic individuals. I think such description could be positively befitting of her, but to suggest one’s love for country as the deeds of a “Slavish patriot” is close to insults.

    This mischaracterization of Munah might have been just a simple oversight.

    I never knew Munah and neither was she akin to me in any way, but we are all connected by a common thread of one humanity. And so I say, may her soul rest in perpetual peace.

  5. Paul, we noticed that inadvertence on the part of the crafter of that statement; but we simply concluded that such obviously might have been;

    (1) the fact that without the writer taking into account the idea or feeling which the word “slavish” invokes, in addition to its literal or primary meaning, inadvertently decided to;

    (2) use the word “slavish”, to actually convey the unstoppable impetus and uncompromising disposition of Muna, WHEN IT CAME TO MUNAŚ ASSERTION AND DEMONSTRATION OF PATRIOTISM! And;

    (3) this is made evident in the sentence and word “slavish” been immediately followed and ended with the word “patriotism”.

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