“I Have Left The Plantation To Get My Freedom” High School Student Protests University Of Michigan Rejection Letter

April 21, 2014  |  

 

From BlackVoices 

Brooke Kimbrough, an 17-year-old high school senior, always dreamed of attending the University of Michigan.

But when she received her rejection letter in the mail this spring, Kimbrough took an unusual step: she held a news conference and rally at the campus to protest the decision.

“I fervently believe in black equality,” Kimbrough explained in a statement. “I believe that our public university system should provide a pathway for opportunity for underrepresented minority communities. I am appealing my application to the University of Michigan not only for myself, but for other black and minority students who deserve the equal opportunity to go to the best public university in the nation.”

Kimbrough, a senior at University Preparatory Academy in Detroit, says she’s taking a stand on behalf of other minority applicants to the elite public university, located in Ann Arbor, Mich. Less than 5 percent of the student body is African-American; of the state’s total population, more than 14 percent are black, according to the 2012 U.S. Census.

At the rally Tuesday, Kimbrough also promised to publicize more rejection letters from minority students until her public appeal for a spot in next fall’s freshman class is granted.

“I have left the plantation to get my freedom but I am coming back for you too,” she said in a video posted by Fox 2 Detroit.

Read more about this case at BlackVoices.com 

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