Black With No Chaser Fam Stand up! Thank you to all who signed the petition and turned up on Jacob’s behalf! Your participation played a significant role in galvanizing these efforts! Attorney Sue-Ann Robinson and Jacob Rush Il have been notified by Abeka Academy that Jacob
will be allowed to walk in his graduation ceremony on May 21,
- Following the changes made to their guidelines that no
longer bars students with locs or braids from participating in the
The former discriminatory guidelines for men stated:”natural-
colored hair neatly combed and tapered and may not come over
the ears, eyebrows, or collar (no braids, dreadlocks, buns or
The new guidelines now allow for braids and locs as the restriction on these traditionally Black hairstyles have been deleted from the guidelines.
“I am very pleased that Jacob will be able to walk in his
graduation ceremony,” said Mrs. Latrenda Rush.
“He has worked so hard, made the honor roll and excelled academically. His bravery and outpouring of support from the community contributed to get the changes made that will help other students.”
The previous guidelines were a blatant example of hair discrimination addressed by The Crown Act. I applaud Jacob
and his family for demanding that he be able to walk and this protects future students from hair discrimination. Jacob is an honor student and has a 4.0 GPA. Jacob walking in this ceremony will be celebration of his personal success as well as a win for African American culture.” Said Attorney Sue-Ann Robinson who represented the Rush family in this matter.
The Rush family received a tremendous amount of public support over 100,000 signatures on their petition.org page,
including celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Tabitha Brown resharing the story. The graduation will be held at 250 Brent Lane.
Pensacola, FL 32305 only attendees w/ tickets will be
permitted entry. If you would like to further contribute to
Jacobs’s education go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/jacob-