ほぼ卒業生総代という名前の黒人女性 40 彼女の高校卒業から数年後

55歳の女性が表彰されました 38 彼女のイリノイ高校が彼女を最初の黒人の卒業生総代にすることができなかった数年後.

トレイシーミアーズは4月にタイトルを授与されました 16 by the superintendent of Springfield Public Schools District 186 after a screening of the documentaryNo Title for Tracey,” which recounts her story.
Despite earning superior grades, Meares was shared the title ofTop Studentwith a White student at her 1984 graduation. In the years before her graduation, the top student was namedvaledictorianand the second studentsalutatorian,” film director Maria Ansley told CNN.
      Meares, a popular cheerleader in high school, said at the time she feltupset and angry,” and believes she was passed over for the title valedictorian because she’s Black. All these years later, it’s still painful, 彼女は言いました.
        The world that I live in, I’m powerful. 私は確信しています. Not vulnerable,” 彼女はCNNに語った, referring to her success as a professor at Yale Law School, where she was the first Black woman granted tenure.
          The resonance that the film has had with so many people is also incredibly powerful,” Meares said. “The ways structural racism and race discrimination can work are not the kinds of ways that people understand, 正しい? It’s not always really obvious. But it’s still deep.
          Tracey Meares shown in her senior yearbook.

          Gestures of reconciliation are important and necessary,” 彼女は付け加えた.
          Making the documentary has expanded her understanding of racism, and she hopes it does the same for her audience, said Ansley.
          I hope by telling the story I can make others understand and hopefully grow.
          Jennifer Gill, superintendent of the Springfield Public Schools District 186, said in a statement shared with CNN thatwhen we know better, we do better.
            By meeting Tracey and hearing about her lived experience, we know that honoring her with this title means so much more,” Gill said.
            We have seen that high school experiences can have a profound, lifelong impact. It was an honor to have Tracey here and a privilege to learn from such an accomplished alumna.

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