Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School could not be represented better this year than when Deonte Bridges took to the stage to address the crowd for the 2010 graduating class. He is leaving to go to Emory where he has a full scholarship. But not only does he have a scholarship from the school, he has the Gates Millenium Scholarship along with a host of other scholarships which puts him at a million in scholarship monies for his undergraduate and graduate college education.
His speech was amazing. It was not filled with a bunch of pomp and circumstance and busy with big words. Just old fashioned truth, wrapped in genuine words that were generous with the story of his journey and an ebb and tide of Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise”. He reveals his trials and tribulations while in high school like the death of his brother and his mother’s diagnosis with leukemia. Please, join us in embracing Mr. Deonte Bridges. Congratulations young man! You are indeed the future we need.