An 18-year-old who answered the Stanford University application question “what matters to you, and why?” with “#BlackLivesMatter” 100 times has been granted admission to the top-notch school.
New Jersey local Ziad Ahmed took to Twitter after learning of his successful application, showing off his simple but effective answer and that hallowed letter from the legendary uni.
— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) April 1, 2017
The bloke isn’t just a hashtag peddler, either. He’s not even allowed to buy a beer in the States, but Ahmed has already set up Redefy, an activism group dedicated to combating stereotypes.
His work in that field caught the attention of the White House, and he was actually invited to the annual Iftar dinner. He even landed a shout-out from President Barack Obama himself.
Last night I had the opportunity to meet and talk to the President of the United States of America. The whole experience was beyond surreal. I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your friendship, support, and encouragement. I am so blessed to be surrounded by people that help me in spreading @weredefy’s mission of acceptance, equality, and understanding. I met so many remarkable individuals last night and I am so optimistic about the future. I am now confident that together we can achieve social justice once and for all. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. #TheWhiteHouseIftar #ThePresidentsTable #Ramadan #TheWhiteHouse #PresidentObama #WashingtonDC (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Ahmed, who is Muslim, told Mic “to me, to be Muslim is to be a BLM ally,” and that not doing so “is to erase the realities of the plurality of our community.”
After the fact, Ahmed said “it’s quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability.”
Fair bloody effort, pal.
Photo: Ziad Ahmed / Twitter.