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Lena Waithe for Evanston Township High School Commencement 2018

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Evanston Township High school has had an abundance of influential commencement speakers at their graduation ceremonies in past years. As the preparation for the class of 2018 commencement ceremony begins, who better represents the values of ETHS other than alum Lena Waithe. Ms. Waithe recently became the first black woman to win an Emmy for her writing on the successful television show "Masters of None". Waithe became the first black woman nominated for the award when the 2017 Emmy nominations were announced, and is now the first to win as well! Not only is Waithe a heavily respected advocate for people of color throughout the country, she also used her platform during her acceptance speech to give a heartfelt tribute to the L.G.B.T + community. ""I see each and every one of you. he things that make us different, those are our super powers. Every day, when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world — because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.  I hope it will open up people’s eyes to give women of color a seat at the table, so that they can tell their stories; and if you do that, then you’ll get one of these." ETHS has been known to be an accepting and welcoming community for all of it's students, faculty, and other community members, and Lena Waithe perfectly represents everything that our community stands for.  At a time in the world where there is so much darkness and hate, Lena Waithe stands as a figure of hope and inspiration by being a voice for all of those who don't have one. That's why we, the class of 2018, feel that Lena Waithe is the perfect person to send us off onto the next chapter of our life, feeling inspired and ready to make a change in the world. 

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