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Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Graduate High School in Tearful Ceremony

Bless their hearts. Their strength is admirable.

TIME

Cleveland kidnapping survivors Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus did not have the chance to graduate with their high school classmates when they should have, but school officials changed that on Wednesday when they gave them their honorary diplomas and an afternoon filled with pomp and circumstance.

“Graduation is a milestone,” says Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. “The faculty really wanted to give them an experience they really should have been allowed to earn on their own, but because of what happened to them, they didn’t have that opportunity.”

Berry was a 16-year-old student at John Marshall High School in Cleveland when she was abducted in 2003. DeJesus, who was 14 when she was abducted, was attending Wilbur Wright Middle School, but would have attended John Marshall High School if she had been able to graduate.

It has been more than two years since the women, along…

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Jahvaris Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s Brother, Celebrates Graduating From College

Congratulations Jahvaris!

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Jahvaris Fulton and Tracy Martin Jahvaris Fulton and Tracy Martin (Source: Twitter)

According to blackenterprise.com, Jahvaris Fulton, the older brother of slain Sanford, Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, recently graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology.

Fulton, 22, has made the best of his opportunities since losing his little brother to violence. Prior to graduating, Jahvaris served as a congressional intern for Florida Representative Frederica Wilson.

Wilson, a founder of 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, also counts Fulton as a member who helped to encourage at-risk in Miami-Dade schools to stay in school.

Recently, Jahvaris and Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, spoke on CNN’s Anderson Cooper show to highlight the wide breadth of miscommunication that exists between persons of color and white America. “It’s not happening to them, so they don’t quite get it,” she told Cooper in an interview that aired Friday. “They don’t quite…

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Rachel Jeantel Keeps Her Promise To Trayvon

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Attorney Rod Vereen and Rachel Jeantel

Today, Rachel Jeantel was presented with her high school diploma, fulfilling a promise she made to Trayvon Martin. Sybrina Fulton was looking on.

Crossing the stage on Friday “is just the beginning of my life,” Jeantel said.

Jeantel was on the phone with Trayvon when he told her that he was being followed and she heard George Zimmerman ask Trayvon what he was doing there and a “bump” to Trayvon’s cell phone. Zimmerman shot the unarmed 17-year old in the heart, killing him. Read the rest of this entry

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