- A lady has become the first Black woman to graduate with a doctorate in Architecture from the University of Hawaii (UH) at Mãnoa
- Danielle McCleave has a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Belmont University and now makes history at UH
- The university revealed that, of the 116,242 architects in Hawaii, only two percent of that number are licensed Black architects
After 115 years, Danielle McCleave has become the first Black woman to graduate with a doctoral degree in Architecture at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Mãnoa.
McCleave earned her bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with an emphasis in sculpture and painting from Belmont University before heading to UH to further her studies.
She has made history as the first Black woman to earn a Doctor of Architecture professional degree from UH Mãnoa in the school's 115-year existence.
McCleave was hit with a variety of emotions when she first found out that she would be the first Black woman to obtain the degree.
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''I was excited to be in this position of trailblazing, and I knew it would be encouraging for other Black women looking to get into design,'' said McCleave, the University of Hawaii News reported.
According to the university, of the 116,242 architects in the country, licensed Black architects account for only two percent of that number, with Black women architects making up only 0.4 percent of the two percent.
Representation matters to McCleave, and her achievement will pave the path for more women at the university.
Nigerian student becomes first valedictorian in the US
A Nigerian identified as Timi Adelakun made history at South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida, for being the school's first black valedictorian and for having a 5.6 GPA - the highest ever in the school’s history.
Reacting to the feat, Adelakun said it is a good thing that he made history in the school. He expressed gratitude to the school that helped him academically, Black News reports.
Legit.ng notes that Timi said:
“I’ve been taking over 20 college courses worth of credit, and because of that, my AP credits, my Ace credits, and my dual enrollment credits boost my GPA."
Nicholas Johnson becomes first black valedictorian in Princeton University
An institution in the United States, Princeton University, chose its first black valedictorian in the school 274-year history for Princeton’s Class of 2020.
Nicholas Johnson who was named for the position is a Canadian student who studied in operations research and financial engineering, CNN reports.
In speaking with CNN, he said that being considered for the position holds great importance for him, considering how the school is connected with the institution of slavery.