Texas teen making historical past as youngest ever Black regulation graduate in US


DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM A Texas lady is making historical past this weekend. Haley Taylor Schlitz, 19, is graduating from Southern Methodist College this Saturday. “It is simply it is too excellent, I am excited,” Schlitz mentioned. “It feels actually actual now.”The North Texas native is making nationwide historical past.

Haley Taylor Schlitz, 19, is about to turn into the youngest Black regulation graduate and youngest lady to obtain a JD this weekend when she graduates from SMU.

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“This picture of this younger Black lady in America, within the state of Texas, on the brink of stroll throughout the stage and make historical past, not as simply the youngest Black regulation graduate within the historical past of this nation, but additionally because the youngest lady on this nation to stroll throughout the stage and get her JD,” father, William Schlitz mentioned. 

Haley has been making nationwide headlines since her story was shared by way of the College, from CNN to the Tamron Corridor present. “It feels actually good,” Haley mentioned. “Not solely does it really feel good to be acknowledged for the accomplishment, nevertheless it additionally feels good to have the ability to get my story on the market. I am actually hoping to encourage anyone who hears my story.”Haley would not take all of the credit score for this accomplishment. She credit her household, associates and mentors for all their assist.  “I believe one of many greatest issues that is saved me impressed is my village. You understand, you by no means get anyplace alone,” Haley mentioned. “My mom is considered one of my best, best bushes in my complete forest and he or she’s an enormous inspiration, a terrific supporter, nice advisor and actually the precise motive why I am right here.”

Her dad and mom say they could not be extra proud as their daughter breaks perceptions round Black lady and males. “To see her shatter perceptions of what Black college students can do and what their full potential is,” William mentioned, “I believe it is a very highly effective assertion she’s making.”Schlitz mentioned she did not all the time wish to go to regulation faculty. “I simply sort of did some wanting again at my very own journey, what I had gone by way of and the way I can actually use that to make the training system higher for college kids which can be coming after me,” she mentioned. “So I switched my main to training acquired my undergrad diploma in training after which I went to regulation faculty to have the ability to write coverage on training.” Her journey included numerous “nos.””There was lots of people attempting to inform me ‘no’ in public faculty and all all through my journey, however that was positively one thing I confronted in public faculty. I wasn’t in a position to check for proficient packages, [faced] fixed acts of racism, and micro aggressions, and it was only a lot,” Schlitz mentioned.That is when her dad and mom stepped in and he or she began residence faculty as a substitute of public faculty.

“When faculty wasn’t working I simply realized we needed to go a distinct route so she is the one which has been driving us, and rising us as dad and mom,” Haley’s mom, Myiesha Taylor, mentioned. Quick ahead, she graduated from highschool at 13 years outdated, and went to regulation faculty across the age of 16. Now, she’s graduating from SMU’s Dedman Regulation College. “I believe we each in awe like, ‘wow that is actually taking place.’ She’s doing this, it is loopy,” William mentioned.”Simply excited, proud,” Taylor mentioned. “She’s an exceptional lady and I am so excited for her future.”Haley has a message for anybody youthful than her who might hear her story. “Anyone who’s listening to me, however notably college students of coloration and women, know that you must eat ‘nos’ for breakfast, do not let different individuals let you know how you must construct your path. Do not let different individuals let you know what you possibly can and might’t do.”Subsequent, she has to organize for the bar examination in July. Additional down the road, she mentioned she desires to enter instructional insurance policies, whether or not it is working with a non-profit group or an elected official. Or, she might go into educating. The alternatives are infinite for her.

Alexis Wainwright

Alexis Wainwright is an Emmy Award-winning journalist. Earlier than transferring to the Lone Star State, she was a reporter and carried out some anchor duties at KARK in Little Rock, AR.

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