Urban Prep Seniors Go 107 - 0 In College Acceptances


An entire class of African American high school seniors get into college! All 107 students!

You would think we would be shouting this from the rooftops, instead of worrying about whether or not a white sorority should win a step contest.

An entire class of African American high school seniors get into college! All 107 students!

I don't know about you, but just looking into the faces of the young men in the picture, I will have to believe that a certain brown skinned president of these United States of America may have had something to do with this, even if it was as little as mentally spurring on the guys graduating at the bottom of their class to hang in there and follow up on those applications.

An entire class of African American high school seniors get into college! All 107 students!

Maybe they figured out, as a collective, that they really have more in common with President Barack Obama's story than they do with Lil' Wayne or Gucci Mane. That they have a better chance for success in the library than they do on the basketball court.

An entire class of African American high school seniors get into college! All 107 students!

Normally, it takes senior Jerry Hinds two buses and 45 minutes to get home from school. On Dec. 11, the day University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana was to post his admission decisions online at 5 p.m., he asked a friend to drive him home.

He went into his bedroom, told his well-wishing mother this was something he had to do alone, closed the door and logged in.

"Yes! Yes! Yes!" he remembers screaming. His mother, who didn't dare stray far, burst in and began crying.

What does this mean? Are the rest of us in the rest of America, indeed, in the rest of Chicago falling short when it comes to looking at what it will really take to address the structural inequities that caused these young black men to be at risk in the first place? Are we so busy patting ourselves on the back for coming up with the fancy names and acronyms for disadvantaged children that we don't have enough time to devote to executing the necessary strategies to provide them with real opportunities to excel? Are we so hell bent on proving our pet theories about student advancement right that we aren't willing to make the kinds of adjustments required after these kinds of programs get off the ground to synchronize high-minded ideals with their real-world applications?

An entire class of African American high school seniors get into college! All 107 students! 

I am hearing the whispers in the wind, feeling the cracks in the foundation - I really think these boy's stories are beginning to be replicated all across America, that teenaged chests are swelling with quiet pride, that adolescent heads are beginning to be held high in places where our black children once knew nothing but hopelessness, because there is a new beacon on the horizon, one that shines day and night from the absolute top of the American food chain.  

I felt so good after reading this story, I would have gone outside and smoked a cigar if it was warm enough.

Maybe I will anyway after I finish this posting this It was a damn good smoke.






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