Black Merit Scholar Removed From Graduation For Wearing Kente Cloth
Nyree Holmes, 18, was ejected from the ceremony as he walked off the stage on Tuesday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The graduating Cosumnes Oaks High School senior had been urged to discard the item of clothing several times, and was told police would stop him, if it came to that.
“I go through shaking all the hands and smiling feeling as if I won,” Holmes wrote Tuesday on Twitter, according to the Atlanta Black Star. “Then when I get to the stairs I see three sheriffs at the bottom of the stairs. They tell me to leave with them and I said, ‘sure guys let’s go.'”
After he was booted, Holmes said he and his father tried to retrieve the teen’s diploma, but school officials refused to give it up.
But with the help of a black security guard, Holmes was able to get in “through the exit” and claim his diploma, he wrote on Twitter.
Holmes felt the need to wear the kente cloth because as a “descendant of slaves, I have no firm connection to my roots in Africa,” he told the ABS.
Check out footage of the teen being escorted out the graduation below: