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First White Student Delivers Valedictory Address at Morehouse College

ATLANTA (AP) — Joshua Packwood is set to make history on Saturday.
He will be the first white student to deliver the valedictory address in the 141-year history of Morehouse College. The traditionally black school, the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, didn’t even graduate a white student until 1966.

Packwood says he considered other colleges, Stanford, Columbia and USC among them. But he says he selected Morehouse because of the attention lavished on him by recruiter George Gray.

The 22-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, will graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA and a degree in economics and is headed for the Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs.

But he takes with him more than a degree. Packwood says no Ivy League school could have provided him with the perspective that he has now. As he puts it: “I cannot tell you what a black man is. I really learned to look much deeper. It takes a lot of effort to know people.

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