We hear so much about criminal black males that I thought I’d search out an article about a young black male doing positive things. A few years back, many were inspired about the story of Tony Hansberry, a 14 year old (at the time) black male who had created a better way of sewing up women after hysterectomy surgery. Well, I have another young man to introduce.
Meet Stephen R. Stafford II. Below are just a few highlights about this phenomenal young man:
(1) He is an accomplished pianist and started learning when he was 2-years-old.
(2) Started multiplications in kindergarten
(3) Home schooled, he was outpacing his mother’s math skills when he was just 9 years old.
“So I went to Morehouse. I didn’t know what the big deal was about going to Morehouse. I just knew it was the next step in my education, and I’m gonna’ do what my mother tells me to do.”
In his first class, college algebra, he scored 105. His next course was pre-calculus where his grade was 99.
“And that was pretty much the test for whether I could stay at Morehouse. And considering the grades I got there, we decided I’d stay.
He is young, he is gifted, and he is Black. At 13-years old, Stephen R. Stafford II had a triple major in pre-med, math and computer science in his sophomore year. Upon completion of his undergrad requirements, his plans include entering the Morehouse School of Medicine to focus on obstetrics and specialize in infertility.
We MUST encourage ALL young black males to go in that direction. Rap is not the way. Thugging and making babies is not the way. Education is the way!