BD teen gets Stanford admission for writing #BlackLivesMatter

08 Apr,2017


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Ziad Ahmed, an American teen of Bangladeshi origin, created history after writing #BlackLivesMatter a hundred times on his Stanford University application recently, prompting a successful admission.

He received the acceptance letter on Friday and tweeted a photo that has been going viral since.

The answer was based on the question “What matters to you, and why?”

"It was important to me that the admissions officers literally hear my impatience for justice and the significance of this issue," Ahmed told NBC News. "The hashtag conveys my frustration with the failure of judicial system to protect the black community from violence, systemic inequity, and political disenfranchisement."

A distinguished social activist, the 18 year old interned for 2016 presidential candidate Martin O'Malley, volunteered with the Hilary Clinton campaign and attended and was recognized by Barack Obama at a 2015 White House dinner.

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