#BlackExcellence In College Acceptances

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This week, numerous college acceptance letters have been distributed to applicants. Many teens have learned their hard work throughout high school has paid off—their acceptances are a demonstration of #Blackexcellence to both themselves and the little Black boys and girls looking up to them.

As we’ve seen on our social media timelines, there have been many Black achievers receiving admission into Ivy League schools, such as 16-year-old Ayrton Little, who has received acceptance to the Harvard class of 2022, or 16-year-old James Dennis, who has received acceptance to the Yale class of 2022. These Black teens’ admission into PWIs (Predominately White Institutions) prove significant, as there is an underlying concept that African-Americans are unqualified and do not belong alongside White classmates in prestigious schools. These teens have beat the odds and provided an example that Black youth can do anything we put our minds to.

Of course, not only the Ivy League schools matter. Our HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) acceptances have proven to be substantial as well. Many of our own Chicago teens, in fact, have collected admission into historically black colleges such as Howard College and Tuskegee University. Tyler Watson, a Jones College Prep senior who received acceptance to the Tuskegee class of 2022 last week, says it was the best day of her life when she got her admission email. “At this moment, I knew that all of my hard work paid off… all of those nights of staying up and fussing with my parents about school was worth it,” she told True Star.

It’s no secret Black people in America are disadvantaged in society, whether it be through environmental racism, where Black people are purposefully placed in poverty-stricken areas of the city, or systematic racism, where Black people are given more consequence for the same crimes as Whites. Let’s not forget how Blacks were often (and still are) redlined—declined bank loans for certain areas of the city, leaving Black people with no room to buy property in our neighborhoods. However, Black youth continue to persevere through a society that wasn’t built for us to succeed. College acceptances are a step in the right direction and the beginning of a successful journey. Way to go, Black youth. Our future is looking brighter than ever.

By Sullivan Anderson, Sophomore, Jones College Prep

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