Benjamin Adeeso begins his Overcoming Adversity Scholarship-winning essay by addressing it to himself at a younger age: “Dear Little Black Boy who stutters.” By the time he finishes his letter, he signs off as “A Grown Black Man who rarely stutters.” Yet it isn’t the fact that Adeeso stutters far less often that lies at the core of his story.
Instead, the essay highlights Adeeso’s inner courage and perseverance. He tells the story of a young boy always feeling outcast and alone, oftentimes the butt of ableist or racist jokes from other students (and even a substitute teacher!). As he writes, “you find pleasing others is more comfortable than pleasing yourself.”
Then, an awakening happens within young Benjamin Adeeso. After being mocked by a teacher for his stutter, Adeeso recalls the tipping point of his life:
“You will realize that you want to be a lawyer so that you may protect those without a voice like how you wish you were protected from these targeted occurrences.”
And that’s precisely the goal he has pursued.
Benjamin Adeeso’s Scholastic Achievements
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Far from being dissuaded from his academic pursuits due to bullying and “mut[ing his] Blackness for the comfort of others,” Adeeso has used his past as fuel for his dreams. After graduating from Baylor University, he now pursues a law degree from Texas Tech School of Law.
He is the Communications Director for the Black Law Students Association at Texas Tech, and he also serves on the Student Recruitment Council by giving tours of the campus to prospective students. His goal is to “become an Environmental Lawyer, and provide Environmental Justice to the underprivileged that lack the voice to defend themselves.”
Benjamin Adeeso is also considering the dual degree program at Texas Tech, where he would get his law degree as well as a Master’s Degree in Toxicology.
Whatever the future holds for Mr. Adeeso, one thing is clear: the little Black boy with a stutter would be proud of who he is today.
(Mr. Adeeso has requested, for personal and private reasons, that we not post a link to his winning essay. Farmer & Morris Law wishes to honor that request.)