Jaisaan Lovett graduated last month without giving his speech he prepared as his high school’s first black valedictorian. The mayor of Rochester, New York stepped up to help this young man and she is Mayor Lovely Warren.
She gave him a platform because she stated she “wanted to hear what he had to say.”
Lovett, a new graduate of Rochester’s University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men, was planning on encouraging his classmates and thanking his parents, siblings and teachers, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. He mention that he had some past run-ins with the principal over student tests.
Lovett said no one asked him to give a graduation speech, even though past valedictorians had the opportunity to do it, according to the newspaper. He also said the principal Joseph Munno said no, when he was asked to speak anyway.
Munno decline to comment.
That’s when Mayor Warren stepped in and invited the young man who happens to be in an intern in her office to make the speech at City Hall. It is also posted on her YouTube channel and on Facebook.