Reprint: http://www.thefix.com, April 7, 2014
Meet Akintunde Ahmad. He says he’s a regular “Oakland street dude” but he has a 5.0 GPA, a 2100 SAT score and is on his way to either Brown or Yale University.
He’s the first to tell you that his appearance throws people off, which is why he keeps his grades saved in his smartphone to show non-believers. Not only is he gifted in the classroom, but he also plays three instruments and has baseball scholarships on the table as well.
Like so many of his peers in the Oakland Public school system, he has tales of growing up and seeing his share of violence and losing friends in the process. But, fortunately for him, he has a ticket out of that situation and into the Ivy League school of his choice.