The First White Valedictorian From Morehouse Addresses Race At HBCUs

Joshua Packwood Back Story,

He lost his father at a young age his step father was abusive and he left home at the age of 11. At the age of 13 a “black” school friend’s family took him in. “They treated me just like Tim,” Packwood said, “As if I had been with them since birth.” “They got me focused, playing sports, focusing on my grades,” Packwood said. “Having that structure, having that family there…it had a huge impact on me.”

He graduated high school at the top of his class an was ultimatly accepted to Columbia, Stanford and Morehouse, full ride to each. Packwood, who eventually majored in economics, excelled at Morehouse. And in 2008, he became the school’s first white valedictorian.


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Packwood with Shannon Joyner, Morehouse’s class of 2008 salutatorian.

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