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This straight-A student’s childhood was punctured by gun violence. He started a company and is headed to a top college.

By Perry Stein, Washington Post; Photo LittleThings.Com, 01/02/20, 3:00PM EST


When RuQuan Brown and his father met with an Ivy League football coach in December, he recalls his father making a striking statement, one that shapes the way the teenager views the successes he has already achieved.

“He said it’s important that I’m not a unicorn,” Brown said. “It should be that there are enough black boys, black girls, whoever, who have experienced this so I’m not the only one experiencing it.”