Yesha Callahan

92-Year-Old Dorothy Owens Becomes Honorary HS Graduate


A 92-year-old from Memphis, TN is now a high school graduate. While Dorothy Owens’ peers were in high school, when she was younger she was forced to drop out after her father died to help support her family.

Although Owens lacked a high school education, she made it a point to encourage her children and grandchildren to pursue an education.  One of those grandchildren made it a point for her grandmother to receive her diploma.

Owens’ granddaughter wrote a letter to her high school, Booker T. Washington, asking for an honorary diploma.

Last month, on her 92nd birthday,  Booker T. Washington High School awarded Owens a certificate of attendance. – Jackson, MS

  1. March 17, 2014 - Reply

    Congratulations! I know that a lot of African Americans had to drop out of school to support their families back in the day and I applaud them for their strength. Every Black person in America needs to look at this woman and realize no matter how long it takes acquiring some form of education is possible, be it a high school diploma, GED, trade school or college. Education is soooooo important. In the words of Malcolm X, “Without education you’re not going anywhere in this world.”

  2. March 17, 2014 - Reply

    Thats awesome that her granddaughter helped her receive the diploma.

  3. March 17, 2014 - Reply

    A wonderful, positive story

  4. March 22, 2014 - Reply

    Congratulations to Ms. Dorothy Owens, God bless her.

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