Musician Pharrell Williams guaranteed “A-list internships” to every 2019 graduate of The Promise Academy in Harlem, New York, at the end of their freshman year of college.
“The world is watching Harlem, but this renaissance will be different,” Williams said in his keynote speech on June 26. “Believe it or not … it’s going to actually be better. The reason why is because the new Harlem Renaissance has education at its core.”
All 114 graduates have been accepted to college, Harlem Children’s Zone CEO Anne Williams-Isom said. The opportunity, she added, will urge them to “be leaders for justice and change in the world.”
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