“I was awarded this pin in April when I was named my high school class’s valedictorian. I was especially honored by it because I am only the second African American valedictorian at my school, I’m the first in my family to be acknowledged this way, and, because of it, I know that the person who I created and extracted out of myself after my father’s death has proved to be real and living. I wear this pin every day on the left side of my cardigan, over my heart, because it still amazes me that I earned it.”
James Kale II was photographed on May 23rd in New York City. His valedictorian pin is pictured below three other pins he has been given for various awards.