23 Year-Old Joshua Williams Graduates from College Despite Homelessness; Starts Scholarship Fund

It’s graduation season. In the coming weeks we’ll read about impressive young people who have already made their mark on the world.

Well, Joshua Williams is one of those students.

Williams, a senior at Bethune-Cookman College, will graduate this weekend with a degree in criminal justice.

Even more astonishing? Joshua spent most of his college career without a place to live:

Outraged Parents Say Son’s Teacher Made Him Lick Desk Clean for Drawing On It

Parents of a Troy, New York elementary student were outraged to learn that their son’s teacher forced him to clean a desk with his tongue as punishment for drawing on it.

George and Latonia Spencer say their son licked the desk until he began to gag, at which point he was ordered to get paper towels and clean off the rest.

The Spencers were able to get their son removed from the classroom. But they say  the teacher has since tried to turn his friends against him, and that school administration has not done enough to remedy the situation.

Young Chicago Poet Malcolm London Will Address Race, Class, Education on TED show

Accomplished young Chicago poet Malcolm London will be featured on “TED Talks Education” tonight on PBS, performing a spoken word piece dealing with race, class, and education.

“TED Talks Education” will be hosted by John Legend, and feature prominent speakers, but Malcolm be one of the few youth voices on the show.

From the Chicago Tribune:

In many ways, London, who just turned 20, is a terrific fit for TED — which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The nonprofit organization bills itself as being devoted to ideas worth spreading and often features people who have taken unorthodox paths giving talks about what they’ve learned.

Two Harper High School Students Awarded Gates Millennium Scholarships!

Chicago’s Harper High School has been in the news recently for both violence and the FLOTUS recent visit to the campus to talk about anti-violence.

Now, the school is in the news because two of its students, Deonte Tanner and Brittney Knight, are Harper High’s first Gates Millennium Scholars.

Each year, Gates Millennium Scholarship Program awards 1,000 students with “good-through-graduation” scholarships.