Congratulations to Aisha Strong and Ronald Murray on their engagement.
Aisha and Ronald are natives of North Philadelphia. Ronald, lovingly referred to as “Ronnie” by the special lady in his life, grew up near 8th and Cumberland and later moved to the Logan section of Philadelphia. Aisha grew up in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia near 32nd and Huntingdon Street.
The couple met at Strawberry Mansion High School. Ronald says 10th grade and Aisha says 11th or 12th grade, but the love story blossoms. Ronald played basketball and ran cross country track and Aisha was a vivacious cheerleader and also ran track.
They shared much in common and instantly became great friends and continued their friendship despite following different paths after graduation from high school. Immediately after high school, Aisha attended Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. Ronald attended a junior college in Mississippi and then Community College of Philadelphia.
Later, the couple met at Shaw University where Ronald was scouted to play basketball. Aisha smiles at this coincidence. It wasn’t until their senior year that they began falling in love. But they didn’t start dating until Aisha graduated from Shaw University.
That’s when their 9 1/2 year relationship began. It was a date night for them and they enjoyed dinner and drinks, talked and laughed and enjoyed their evening. Aisha had no idea that Ronald had previously asked her dad for her hand in marriage and had purchased a ring.
“When date night was coming to an end we headed home and was calling it a night until I was in the room putting on pjs. When I turned around, he was on one knee and he said, ‘I told you I want to spend the rest of my life with you’ and I said, ‘yes, what’s the matter.’ He said, ‘I love you so much will you marry me?’ Anyone who knows Ronnie understands that he is a professional prankster. I said if you open that box and it’s earrings or a coin or an old ring that really wouldn’t be funny. Ronald said, ‘Aisha, I’m so serious’ and I noticed he wasn’t laughing. He opened the box and there it was a beautiful engagement ring.”
She immediately said yes and cried all night because she “couldn’t believe that her dream was finally coming true.
I look forward to writing about their upcoming wedding at Enon Baptist Church during the spring/summer season.