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Kendrick


"I remember one day I was leaving high school early and asked my teacher if there was any homework, since I wouldn't be in class. One of the other teachers kept pressing me as to why I was leaving early. I told them that my mom was on campus. Then they asked me why she was on campus. One teacher said, 'Because she's selling dope.'

 

That moment opened my eyes at a young age as to how much work we still have to do when it comes down to being equal. It allowed me to see that no matter what I go through, I have to work twice as hard to just get half. 

I want to work in higher education and eventually become the president of this university. My mom actually came to Dominguez. She was a single parent, but she was a hard-working single parent.

 

I went to prep schools, so I didn't grow up experiencing a lot of the issues that African American students go through. So when I got here to Dominguez Hills I chose Africana studies as my major. I wanted to be able to focus on the social aspects that African Americans are exposed to, and how that affects their psychological well-being. 


 

I want to examine why some of the black community don't want to go to college.

I want to examine why some of the black community don't want to go to college. What systems made them feel as if college was not OK? Did they have a teacher like mine who made it seem acceptable to be exposed to racial microaggression?

I graduated in three years. I'm only 20 years old. Hopefully I'll have my master’s by 21. We have to apply ourselves. In this world that we live in, they always put up blockages for people of color.

 

Whether you are African American or Latino, we have to learn to take the little that they give us and make something big out of it."