I’m my high school’s first Black male valedictorian. I won’t be the last
Ahmed Muhammad recently became the first Black male valedictorian in the 106-year history of Oakland Technical high school in Oakland, California, graduating at the top of his class with a 4.73 grade point average (GPA) and offers from 11 top universities. A video of his moving graduation speech subsequently went viral, drawing widespread attention on social media and even earning praise from the state’s governor.
Muhammad had previously earned fame for founding a nonprofit called Kits Cubed that brings science kits to young students.
In his speech, Muhammad tackled the unprecedented circumstances that defined the class of 2021 – from the Covid-19 pandemic to the summer of Black Lives Matter protests – as well as the historic nature of his achievement. “While I may be the first young Black man to be our school’s valedictorian, I won’t be the last,” says Muhammad, who plans to attend Stanford in the fall.
Below is an edited version of that speech he delivered on 29 May.
My name is Ahmed Muhammad, and it is an honor to stand before you today, representing the …
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