High school senior Ziad Ahmed has gone viral on the internet after posting his admissions essay that got him accepted to Stanford University online. What was so profound about the essay? It was simply 100 repeated lines of the political movement motto of #BlackLivesMatter.


The hashtag was the New Jersey native’s response to essay prompt of “What matters to you, and why?”


To Ahmed, a Muslim-American, he said he felt connected to the movement and says it is truly the only thing that matters to him at the moment:

“To me, to be Muslim is to be a BLM ally, and I honestly can’t imagine it being any other way for me,” Ahmed said. “Furthermore, it’s critical to realize that one-fourth to one-third of the Muslim community in America are black … and to separate justice for Muslims from justices for the black community is to erase the realities of the plurality of our community.”

The admissions team at Stanford was obviously impressed with Ahmed’s stance (and his academic achievements), as he was accepted to the University. Ahmed said he couldn’t believe that he was actually accepted.

“I didn’t think I would get admitted to Stanford at all, but it’s quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability.”

Shoutout to Ahmed for being such a bold ally! Check out his post that went viral below.

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About The Author Samantha Callender

Samantha Callender is a multimedia journalist whose work ranges from entertainment journalism to pieces highlighting social issues in multicultural communities. Samantha strives to find intersects between entertainment and social matters, believing that pop culture has the power to not only entertain the masses, but to educate them as well. Her goal when storytelling is to write pieces that serve as a catalyst to prompt dialogue and activism. Her work can be seen on VIBE, The Source, Jet Magazine, The Root, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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