An 18-year-old graduating student, Nyree Holmes, who was set to receive his diploma from Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, California, USA, was kicked out because he wore a Kente cloth and refused to remove it.
Nyree Holmes posted on Twitter that he planned to walk across the stage with the kente cloth draped across his shoulders.
But as his turn approached, he was told by the school’s activities director that he would have to take the clothes off.
He said when he it got to his turn, he found three policemen waiting to take him away.
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Nyree Holmes later told the Atlanta Black Star that it was important for him to wear the cloth because, as a descendant of slaves, he had no firm connection to his roots in Africa.
“I wanted to wear my kente cloth as a representation of my pride in my ancestors, to display my cultural and religious heritage."
He said the kente was made by Christians in Ghana, where, according to him, the kente cloth has been worn by royalty and during important ceremonies for hundreds if not thousands of years.