His Principal Refused To Let Him Give A Speech As The School's First Black Valedictorian, So He Came Up With A Creative Way To Speak Up
July 6, 2018 10:21 By Fabiosa
It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore concerns that America might have a serious race problem, especially when children become victims because of their skin color.
An undeserving co-valedictorian
Last year, a report on CNN claimed that a black valedictorian, Jasmine Shepard, from Mississippi, was forced to share her towering achievement with a white student whose grade was lower.
This year, in which we recognize Frederick Douglass’ 200th Birthday, Jaisaan Lovett became the first African American valedictorian at UPrep.— City of Rochester NY (@CityRochesterNY) July 2, 2018
But he was denied the opportunity to give his address.
In this video, Mayor Warren gave him that chance. https://t.co/71q8PTN448
This was further compounded by the fact that Jasmine was supposed to be the school's first black valedictorian. Worse still, she was reportedly made to give her speech after the white student.
Jaisaan Lovett banned without reason
And just about a year later, the bar has been set even lower. A black teen, Jaisaan Lovett, has been banned from giving his speech despite being the first black valedictorian of his school.
Jaisaan, a former student of University Prep Charter School in Rochester, New York, went ahead to deliver his speech anyway at the city hall with special permission from the mayor.
He claims he was not told why the principal Joseph Munno stopped him. He, however, mentioned that they had had certain undisclosed issues between them while he was a student.
Through it all, Jaisaan Lovett is an extraordinary young man.— Kelly Pylman (@littlestduck68) July 4, 2018
Remind Jaisaan that there is a bright side to being denied his earned privilege to speak at graduation: thousands more people have gotten the opportunity to hear his speech than otherwise would have. Congratulations Jaisaan, and thank you Mayor Warren for posting this.— Nathan Risley (@nathanlaoshi50) July 4, 2018
Needless to say, the reactions to Jaisaan's courage and his very mature speech, in which he forgave Munno and celebrated his family, has earned him a lot of praise. Well done, Jaisaan Lovett!