Homeless Teen On Her Way to Harvard

Khadijah Williams
Khadijah Williams

A young African American girl has done what anyone would’ve thought would be impossible.  Ms. Khadijah Williams, of the state of California, graduated just under a 4.0 and has earned her place at the prestigious Alma mater of our first lady, Harvard University.  To add to her accolades, according to Merrill Lynch’s Global Philanthropy page, “she ranks fourth in her class, serves as the captain of the track and field team, volunteers as an Upward Bound mentor, and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. Already, she has been accepted to more than a dozen prestigious universities.”  So Harvard wasn’t the only game in town for her.  She’s allowing them to have the honor of hosting her in the Fall.

The L.A. Times reported extensively on the life of Ms. Williams.  To be a homeless child your whole life and be able to make such an accomplishment happen is astounding.  Her resilience is immeasurable and she should have no problem with college or any other task in life.

The Times reported that during her 12 years of education, she has attended 12 different schools.  She has also skipped several grades and at age nine, she tested in the 99 percentile of the state.

Everyone can be motivated by this young lady, young and old.  When we think of all the insurmountable problems this academic phenom has had to contend with, we can be reminded that we can do anything we set our mind to do no matter what is happening around us.

Read here for the full story on Ms. Williams.  Congrats young lady! Congrats! 

-J.C. Brooks

3 thoughts on “Homeless Teen On Her Way to Harvard”

  1. I love to hear stories like this. So many people try to use their situations as scape goats. This is a prime example of moving on and upward.

  2. Thank you for your kind words on your blog for Khadijah and for those that have supported her. I thought you would like to know that Khadijah has enrolled in the freshman class at Harvard College and has a website to provide updates – http://www.khadijahwiliams.com.

    Last week, Khadijah was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for an episode of her show entitled, “Don’t Stop Believing.” The show will air on Friday, October 2. Please watch for Oprah’s surprise for Khadijah!

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