DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM A Texas lady is making historical past this weekend.
Haley Taylor Schlitz, 19, is graduating from Southern Methodist College this Saturday.
“It is simply it is too good, I am excited,” Schlitz mentioned. “It feels actually actual now.”
The North Texas native is making nationwide historical past.
“This picture of this younger Black lady in America, within the state of Texas, on the point of stroll throughout the stage and make historical past, not as simply the youngest Black regulation graduate within the historical past of this nation, but in addition because the youngest lady on this nation to stroll throughout the stage and get her JD,” father, William Schlitz mentioned.
Haley has been making nationwide headlines since her story was shared via the College, from CNN to the Tamron Corridor present.
“It feels actually good,” Haley mentioned. “Not solely does it really feel good to be acknowledged for the accomplishment, nevertheless it additionally feels good to have the ability to get my story on the market. I am actually hoping to encourage anyone who hears my story.”
Haley does not take all of the credit score for this accomplishment. She credit her household, pals and mentors for all their assist.
“I feel one of many largest issues that is stored me impressed is my village. You understand, you by no means get wherever alone,” Haley mentioned. “My mom is one in every of my biggest, biggest timber in my entire forest and he or she’s an enormous inspiration, an ideal supporter, nice advisor and actually the precise cause why I am right here.”
Her mother and father say they could not be extra proud as their daughter breaks perceptions round Black lady and males.
“To see her shatter perceptions of what Black college students can do and what their full potential is,” William mentioned, “I feel it is a very highly effective assertion she’s making.”
Schlitz mentioned she did not at all times wish to go to regulation college.
“I simply form of did some wanting again at my very own journey, what I had gone via and the way I can actually use that to make the training system higher for college students which can be coming after me,” she mentioned. “So I switched my main to training bought my undergrad diploma in training after which I went to regulation college to have the ability to write coverage on training.”
Her journey included a whole lot of “nos.”
“There was lots of people making an attempt to inform me ‘no’ in public college and all all through my journey, however that was positively one thing I confronted in public college. I wasn’t capable of check for gifted applications, [faced] fixed acts of racism, and micro aggressions, and it was only a lot,” Schlitz mentioned.
That is when her mother and father stepped in and he or she began house college as a substitute of public college.
“When college wasn’t working I simply realized we needed to go a special course so she is the one which has been driving us, and rising us as mother and father,” Haley’s mom, Myiesha Taylor, mentioned.
Quick ahead, she graduated from highschool at 13 years outdated, and went to regulation college across the age of 16. Now, she’s graduating from SMU’s Dedman Regulation College.
“I feel we each in awe like, ‘wow that is actually taking place.’ She’s doing this, it is loopy,” William mentioned.
“Simply excited, proud,” Taylor mentioned. “She’s an outstanding lady and I am so excited for her future.”
Haley has a message for anybody youthful than her who might hear her story.
“Anyone who’s listening to me, however notably college students of coloration and ladies, know that you need to eat ‘nos’ for breakfast, do not let different individuals inform you how you need to construct your path. Do not let different individuals inform you what you possibly can and might’t do.”
Subsequent, she has to organize for the bar examination in July. Additional down the road, she mentioned she desires to enter instructional insurance policies, whether or not it is working with a non-profit group or an elected official. Or, she might go into educating. The alternatives are limitless for her.