14 black male Cambridge students posed for a photo to show that representation matters
A group of black male Cambridge University students have posed for a powerful photoshoot to encourage other black men to apply to the prestigious academic institution.
Inspired by a series of photos of 10 black students at Yale University which took the internet by storm last week, the photos of 14 Cambridge students have been liked more than 2.5K times on Facebook.
“In 2015, only 15 black, male undergraduates were accepted into Cambridge,” reads the post published by Cambridge University’s African-Caribbean Society.
According to official Cambridge University admission statistics, a total of 1,278 male students were accepted into the university — a figure that comprised 2 African-Caribbean men, and 13 Black-African men.
“Young black men don’t grow up thinking they’ll make it here. They should,” said Dami Adebayo, one of the students in the photograph.
“However, it is important that despite their underrepresentation, we let young black people know that this is something that they can aspire to,” the post continues.
A spokesperson for the Cambridge University African-Caribbean Society — which was behind the shoot — told the BBC they want to “remind young black individuals that Cambridge is for us.”
“Everyone that has the potential to get here should not think they don’t have the opportunity because they do,” Folajimi Babasola told Victoria Derbyshire.
The students pictured in the main image are (top row, from left to right): William Gore, Bez Adeosun, Peter Adefioye, Judah Aiyenuro, Joseph Adikwu, Dennis Mubaiwa, Dami Adebayo, Ife Adepegba, Donte Nembhard, Baba Bob-Soile, and Daniel Oluboyede. Pictured on the bottom row of the photo are Michael Samuelson-Beulah, Folajimi Babasola, and Ade Omisore.
Following in the footsteps of the #BlackMenOfYaleUniversity, the Cambridge students have named their photo series #BlackMenofCambridgeUniversity.
In late April, 21-year-old Yale University sociology major Akintunde Ahmad posted a photo of himself and nine other friends to show that their school doesn’t define who they are.
“The greater message behind these photos is that we are black men first, and Ivy League students second,” Ahmad told Essence.
“The hope is that aspiring young students can look at these images and picture themselves in our shoes. Positive imagery goes a long way,” Ahmad continued.