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By text or landline, the message was the same – “He’s coming”

Text messages streamed through my phone as I scrambled eggs and flipped sausage for my late breakfast. Before I could read their contents, the phone rang. by Karanja Ade Mosi Ajanaku
Special to the Tri-State Defender

 
 President Barack Obama

Text messages streamed through my phone as I scrambled eggs and flipped sausage for my late breakfast. Before I could read their contents, the phone rang.

Dalasha Barlow, 19, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, called me with the elating news that her alma mater had won the Commencement Challenge to get president Obama to speak at the upcoming graduation.

“This is going in the history books! I gotta get to class, but thanks for the support,” said Barlow.

She kept it short and sweet and left me feeling proud, not of myself, but of my city.

Seconds later, Ronald Pointer, another grad of BTW who attends TSU, called me completely out of breath.

“‘Mane,’ I just bought my bus ticket to get back for that graduation. I wouldn’t miss that for anything.”

As I typed in text message responses, I heard newscasters on a couple of different channels reporting the news of the BTW win.

Later, I had an exchange with Gerald Rhodes, a junior at BTW.

“We deserve it. We put it in the work we needed to put in. And it wasn’t just a few people, it was what I call a team effort.”

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