Jaisaan Lovett

By Erickka Sy Savané

You work harder than you’ve ever worked in your young life, staying home to study while your friends are out doing things that kids do, and it pays off. You become the first African American valedictorian of your high school school and it’s time to give an acceptance speech. Because you know it’s all about that speech, thanking those who helped make it happen, dropping those gems…only this part doesn’t happen because of run-ins that you’ve had with the principal in the past. So you’re barred from speaking at graduation. I wish this were a made-up story, but it happened to Jaisann Lovett of University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men in Rochester, New York. While his principal- Joseph Munno, who didn’t give Jaisann or his family a reason for not allowing him to speak- tried to get the last word, it was Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren who stepped in and gave Jaisaan an opportunity to have his big moment…and luckily we get to see it!


This is just one more reason that we need to vote African American women into political office. If not for Mayor Warren we might not know of this young man’s story, and we would be denied the opportunity to share in his HUGE accomplishment. And let it be noted that Jaisaan has received a full scholarship to Clark Atlanta University, and his older brother who graduated last year, with honors, has a full scholarship to Morehouse College.


We’re definitely going to keep track of this family because they are the future leaders of America. Congrats to Jaisann and his fam, and please folks, share this video, let’s let some of this goody-goodness rub off on all of us!

Mayor Lovely Warren gives an introduction speech and Jaisaan’s speech begins at 2:30.

What do you think about this story? Is success the best revenge? 
Erickka Sy Savané is managing editor of CurlyNikki.com, a wife, mom, and freelance writer based in Jersey, City, NJ. Her work has appeared in Essence.comEbony.com, Madamenoire.com, xoNecole.com, and more. When she’s not writing…wait, she’s always writing! Follow her on Twitter, Instagram or ErickkaSySavane.com