Young African-Americans Who Gained a Brief Spotlight in 2013

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UCLA Student Gains Fame after a Video Critical of School’s Diversity Record

Sy Stokes, a 20-year-old student at the University of California at Los Angeles, drew national attention for his role as a critic of the diversity record of his college. It started with a video he and other Black students posted that included a spoken word poem about the low number of African-American students at UCLA. In the video, Stokes, a cousin of Arthur Ashe, states that only 3.3 percent of the school’s population is comprised of African-American male students. He added that 65 percent of those Black male students are athletes. (Photo: Sy Stokes via YouTube)

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