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Quinn Rallins: Morehouse Grad Beats the Odds, Debunks Myth May 21, 2008

Posted by twilightandreason in Higher Education.
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I was poised to make this the first Wordless Wednesday on my blog. If you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, Wordless Wednesday is the day that some bloggers set aside to feature a particularly compelling photo that truly captures the mood of the moment.

Because this blog is education-oriented, however, it’s been a little more difficult to find relevant current photos than I had anticipated, especially given that the mainstream news sites seem a bit less than inclined toward publishing photos and stories about Black people graduating from college (the story that I wished to commemorate in today’s images).

Even more difficult was the task of locating pictures of the young man who I simply have to celebrate on this day. His name is Quinn Rallins, and he graduated from Morehouse College this past weekend. His story is compelling and inspiring, but while news outlets across the country have scrambled to cover the story of Joshua Packwood, his classmate and the first white student to be named as class valedictorian at the historically Black institution, only the Chicago Tribune has seen fit to cover the inspiring story of Quinn Rallins.

Read the rest of Rallins’s story HERE



1. Tanisha - May 21, 2008

I also posted about Quinn. Thank you for spreading his story. Too bad even the Black blogosphere was too caught up in everything White (valedictorian story) to give this young man a moment of praise.

2. Family - May 22, 2008

Thanks for spreading the story but Quinn was not a crack baby. I knew his mother while she was pregnant with him in fact. She wasn’t doing crack. Family and friends are proud of Quinn’s accomplishments but not in a story with incorrect information. The author should have spoken to Quinn’s sister to get an accurate accounting of information. The story would have been a wonderful story without the lies.

3. blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com - May 24, 2008

@ Family

It is just an awful, awful SHAME that this student has had his story tarnished because the reporters of the Chicago Tribune did not get the facts straight! I hope that JET Magazine covers the story accurately to spare this young man any further embarrassment and THANK YOU for sharing the information. I will be sure to alert other bloggers who run this story!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

4. Ajuan Mance - May 26, 2008

Shame on the tribune, and thanks for sending this correction. I will adjust the title accordingly.

5. Steinbeck - May 28, 2008

Steinbeck says : I absolutely agree with this !

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