— ABC News (@ABC) August 11, 2017
Some lucky Atlanta students got a huge surprise last week. Mentors encouraged them as they walked into school for the very first time this year.
During the welcome, approximately 370 boys at BEST Academy of Atlanta, an all boys school for grades 6 through 12, were greeted with cheers, handshakes, high-fives, hugs and encouraging words from over 70 men.
The heartfelt welcome was thanks to a partnership by several Atlanta non-profit organizations, including 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Emerging 100 of Atlanta, The Collegiate 100 and the 100 Black Men of America.
BEST Academy student Gs3 Harris told ABC News he had no idea what to expect when he walked off the bus on August 1.
The graduating senior said his first reaction when seeing the dozens of men cheering was, “Oh snap! All these people came here to see us?”
Harris, 17, said one man even pulled him aside and said, “You look like you’re going somewhere. You’ll be famous soon.”
Love Love Love this. I love the leadership and role modeling for these young lads. Everyone attending that school this morning walked in a little taller and a little stronger and full of hope because real me took some time out of their day to show the boys they aren’t far for where they need to be and 70 examples of that goal welcoming them to school.
Chicken soup for the soul when segregation and desperation are dominating your mind this Monday morning!
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