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We hear so many negative statistics about young black men that it’s sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction.

Statistics like a young black boy born today is more likely to go to jail than go to college.

Or statistics like there are more black men in prison than in college.

The truth is that since 2011 there are more black men in college than there are in prison.

While it is sad that at one point that statistic was true, it’s fantastic that it’s being turned around, and quickly.

It’s being turned around by people like Kwasi Enin, a young African-American man who was accepted to all eight ivy League schools.

It’s being turned around by 17-year old black teens like Akintunde Ahmad of Oakland, California who has a 5.0 GPA, that’s right a 5.0 GPA and a 2100 SAT score.

Yes!

And it’s being turned around by people like the young men of Urban Prep academy in Chicago.

For the fifth year in a row 100 percent of its graduating class of young men of color is college bound.

All 240 of Urban Prep seniors are heading to college.

According to the letter from Urban Prep founder Tim King, these young men have received acceptance letters from over 185 colleges and universities and earned over $11,000,000 in scholarships and grants.

King states that these young men stand in plain view ready to be celebrated and ready to get the attention they deserve.

I agree with him when he writes, “when we turn on the news and read the papers, and often the sounds of negativity, of lack, of despair overwhelm us: “Black men are absent”, “Black men are dead”, “Black men are killers”, “Black men are stupid”, Black men are unemployed”, “Black men are in jail”, “Black men are nothing.”

That is all so wrong when it comes to Kwasi Enin, Akintunde Ahmad and the 240 graduating seniors of Urban Prep- young, black, proud, men.

Yes, they not only deserve our attention, but our praise and our encouragement.

When I visited them back in 2008 just before President Obama was elected, I dubbed them the Little Obamas.

The first graduating class after that lived up to that nickname by all being accepted to college.

There is a creed that is recited every morning at Urban Prep by all the young men at the school.

It reads: We are our brothers’ keepers.

We believe in ourselves.

We believe in each other.

We believe in Urban Prep.

WE BELIEVE.

And we should all believe in them.

Theirs and our futures depend on it.

I believe.

Do you?

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27 thoughts on “DON LEMON: The Graduates Of The Urban Academy In Chicago All Going To College

  1. Joe Valdez on said:

    motorfingaz
    Hey you A Hole that will be the day that a Latino is scared of you homo African Americans . I kicked many of you guys butt. Remember you guys were brought across the ocean 45 of you in chains controlled by only 5 White Guys , like dogs . You guys had no guts to fight back. Oh by the way the only things you guys got going is big penis, a small brain, and you guys are cowards when someone stands up to you guys. Remember Alabama ? when digs and fire hoses, and punches in the head by White Boys kept you in line??? It is so easy to control you guys , a leather whip, KKK Robes, good weekly beatings . Nowadays just give a big dumb Black Americans a fat White Woman, a Cadillac , Fried Chicken, Grits, and a crack pipe .

    • Smarter Than Thou on said:

      See it would be a good thing to talk about how joe valdez came to america by climbing a fence, or how mexicans are questionable welfare illegal aliens that wont work or pay taxes but to do such a thing would be similar to bringing myself down to the level of the uneducated idiot that he is. And for my own sake, i’m not about that life

  2. Janine on said:

    First Congrats to the young men who completed the H S program and are moving forward, but Lemon have you checked the stats, far less than 50% of UP students are meeting Illinois reading/math standards.

  3. stephanie on said:

    LOL joe valdez is a waste of sperm whose mom killed herself because she was so ashamed of such a cowardly maggot, with the inferior complex, so mad with the world because of his little Vienna sausage, poor little joe.

    • Joe Valdez on said:

      Massa’s illegitimate Hal breed Ghetto Welfare Queen on food stamps your mama didn’t tell you that massa bred you with his 3″ willy when he raped your fat ugly mama . That is why you are mentioning a tiny little dork .
      It is true that Black have big dorks and tiny brains , that is why even 2″ Dork Chinese had to build MLK’s monument because you guys don’t have the brains to think . That is why 4-5 Whites were able to put chains 100 of you guys ,and transport you on slave ships to America, Big Dorks , Big Muscles No Brains. That is why you guys destroy Detroit, Chicago , and other American cities.
      The only thing you guys are good at is dancing, play Basketball, eat fried chicken , tap dance, and sing obscene songs while claiming you are Christians, You are so phony all of you guys.

      • motorfingaz on said:

        Poor lil Joe, its easy to tell that you’re jealous. You are a jealous sad pathetic lil loser. Also, you’re a coward. You would never babble those words in someones face for fear of a major beat down. Hey, but continue to show how pathetically evil and hateful you are because to “enlightened” human beings, you are pure entertainment. They after we laugh at your pathetic diatribe, we throw you in the trash from whence you came.

  4. stephanie on said:

    Joe Valdez is in the closet, too afraid to come out, little coward. He knows too much intricate details about gay sexual acts, he could write a book on the subject. The nerve of him criticizing Don Lemon, at lease Lemon has the balls and courage to be true to himself. Valdez you’re the worst a closet maggot.

    • Joe Valdez on said:

      Stephanie you scumbag $5 dic..k suc… street walker take hike. You and your White liberal Massa Left wing Halfbreed Obama supporters are a bunch of nasty scumbags that have done nothing for African Americans . Go check out CNN show “Chicago Land” and see how Democrats have destroyed Obama’s Chicago , and Detroit . African Americans need to get their head out Obama’s A Hole .

    • Joe Valdez on said:

      You nasty stinking Blck Bitch I will be gald to get some tough Latina to kick your loud mouth in a second. We are not afraid of you White Butt Kissing African Americans .

  5. stephanie on said:

    They need more schools like this especially in the inner city. SO PROUD of all these young men. May all of you continue to do well in college and stay safe and bless.

  6. Joe Valdez on said:

    I would be insulted if was called “Little Obama’s” The worst President Ever. A Man who has betrayed Blacks , and spent all his time on Homosexual rights . Homosexuals practise filthy sexual acts that includes sticking erect penises in Anal Canals full of the some of the most toxic feces(shit) , proceed to lick the feces contaminated penis ,and we call this civilized. Why do we listen to this Don Lemon pervert???? Let him go home to his White Boyfriend . He is a real Bitch ( Female Dog).

  7. Insomemaze on said:

    Brothas keep up the good work! And view the video The BlackMan(State of Emergency) on Youtube, Education is Power! Peace!

  8. This is great news and the reason why I founded Recoupall.com. Check us out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/recoupall. The goal is to empower men who do not believe they have a future story such as this. It’s never been about money. It’s about culture. Sharing this type of information impacts culture. This is who we, African Americans, are. Their success is a reflection of us!

  9. Anita Phillips on said:

    WHAAAAAAAT! THE DON ALMIGHTI ASS KISSER LEMON actually lending his superior commentary to a piece having to do with those trouble making, no good thugs!!!?!?!?!
    Im sure they had to pay him more money or “somthing” to do this peice!!!

  10. MellaYella on said:

    As the mother of two young males, one 19 years old in college and the other 10 years old 5th grade. Any good news such as this is what I like to share and communicate with my sons. I want them to see that it’s not impossible and they too can strive to BELIEVE!!!!!

  11. candyapple on said:

    This school needs to be replicated all over the country… I am white and love to see successful youth… they are our future. You should know that there are more white conservatives that would love nothing more than to see young black men and women succeed… when they succeed, we all succeed, our country prospers. Only democrats think you are unworthy and want to keep you on welfare… conservatives want to see you earn your own way and be independent and their policies reflect that. What would democrats do if they couldn’t offer you welfare for you votes? They need you to be poor, down, out and hopeless…. Congratualations to all the young men… this is only the beginning!!

    • Candy apple you are lying through your teeth. There are more white people on welfare than black people. If the conservatives was concerned about black people that would be doing everything they could to destroy the act of voting. Taking voter right that disproportionately affect the poor and minority’! With Paul Ryan new budget doing nothing but take from children, the elderly and poor through budget that the KOCH Bros. wrote for him. Republican haven’t able win fairly they resorted to these new laws.

  12. Nicole Pirtle on said:

    My son is in the photo with the Major, Mr. Hassan Anderson was recognized for having the most college acceptances out of all the school in the network. We Believe!!!! Uran Prep is awesome.

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