For many of us, surviving college with all of its academic and real-life hurdles is a challenge in itself—but imagine doing so without being able to hear or see. Seems impossible, right? Not for Haben Girma, an Eritrean-American who was the first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law in 2013. She admits that she has an older brother, who is also deaf-blind, that didn’t receive the same opportunities as her.
“When my grandmother took my brother to a school in East Africa, they told her that deaf-blind children can’t go to school. There was simply no chance. When my family moved to the U.S. and I was also born deaf-blind, they were amazed by the opportunities afforded by ADA. … For my grandmother back in Africa, my success seemed like magic. For all of us here, we know that people with disabilities succeed not by magic but through opportunities.”
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Outside of her amazing academic accomplishments, Girma works as an accessibility and inclusion advocate where she urges tech companies to keep people with disabilities in mind when creating their products. Like a true student of law, she brings up a valid point that inclusion of this large minority group is an opportunity for tech companies to gain more consumers. A win-win for everyone.
Continue reading Good ‘Ol Days: Barack Obama Was Nominated For President By The DNC 11 Years Ago
Good 'Ol Days: Barack Obama Was Nominated For President By The DNC 11 Years Ago
Exactly 11 years ago today, Barack Obama was nominated for President of the United States by the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Obama famously gave a powerful speech.
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Obama said in part, "America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise — that American promise — and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess."
Watch the speech below:
Obama had many wins while he was president. He brought the Black unemployment rate for African Americans from 16.8 percent, due to the horror of President George W. Bush to 7.8 percent by January 2017. The poverty rate for African Americans fell faster in 2015 than in any year since 1999 -- falling 2.1 percentage points, resulting in 700,000 fewer African Americans in poverty.
Teen pregnancy among Black women was at an historic low with he birth rate per 1,000 African-American teen females fell from 60.4 in 2008 to 34.9 in 2014. Pell Grant funding for HBCU students increased between 2007 and 2014, growing from $523 million to $824 million. Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prison in January of 2016, the President of ACLU said about this in 2016, “It’s absolutely huge. We rarely have presidents take notice of prison conditions.” The incarceration rates for Black men and women fell during each year of the Obama Administration and were at their lowest points in over two decades when he left office.
Not to mention, he saved our country from one of the greatest recessions since the Great Depression due to the Republican administration before him -- and now our current president tries to take all the credit.
People are so happy 2ith his legacy that the people of Los Angeles were blessed to have President Barack H. Obama Highway as in December. The Mercury News reported at the time, "Two large, green-and-white freeway signs were unveiled Thursday, one on the right shoulder of westbound State Route 134 at the beginning of the 210 Freeway at Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena, the other at the eastbound 134 in the vicinity of Route 2 in the city of Los Angeles near Glendale."
In honor of Obama's historic nomination, check out photos of our favorite president below.