Cedric Hampton, Brian Lehrer, Cedric discussed on All Things Considered


Day off from work last month to go to his high school graduation. He worked at a Waffle House in Alabama. But on the day he was supposed to collect his diploma, he showed up to work in his uniform instead necessary. Things I need to attend the ceremony. Uh, my cap and gown. Take is, Yeah. Right. His boss, Cedric Hampton, was surprised to see him. We already talked about it and made playing for it so When I saw him walking to school that morning, I was just like, you know, why are you here? And when he heard Timothy's reasons, that's when I sent him home to over this paperwork, called the school to figure out what's going on. And while he was gone We came up with the whole plan to get into his graduation, Cedric called his assistant manager to explain what was happening. It was her day off. But Cedric says even so, she said, I'll be right there. So when she got to the store, we test her. We're going to get too close. Another co worker, said she was driving to the graduation and then all we have to do at that point was get the clothes, get him dressed and get him out the door. Cindric says he wanted Timothy to celebrate his day. That's a milestone in someone's life, People. Everyone should be be able to celebrate. I mean, he's spent all that time going to school. Why should he not celebrate his graduation? Timothy made it on time in his new slacks and shoes, and he says when he walked across that stage 11 key. You know what? Because their stage it felt like a shift a new path. And so it was Timothy and his fellow Waffle House employees. Story made the local news after it aired. Lawson State Community College in Birmingham offer Timothy A full ride. Going to college wasn't on Timothy's radar. But he says he'll start studying business and finance this fall feelings do I have more opportunities that I could take advantage of it and make best use, though? This is a huge deal because I was representing nothing like this before. Uh, I never had nothing like this never had to change like this and two other students, he says. Don't stop. Keep going. Even when you feel like you got to give up even when you want to. Okay? You just gotta keep going. That's right. No waffling, so to speak, and nice work, Cedric and Waffle House employees for cooking up such a great plan. Uh huh. Oh, Um It's w n my C. You're listening to all things considered just ahead After news headlines in Nicaragua, the crackdown against political opponents of President Ortega has expanded to include journalists. This latest wave of repression, but we've seen this month. It's just went into the orbit drive more from the New York Times reporter who has been trying to cover the story well near that and more right after news headlines. Tonight. We could see some showers. Probably earlier on the cloud should gradually blow away tonight. Low of about 58 degrees Tomorrow will be sunny with a high near 79. Hello tomorrow night of 62 degrees. I'm Brigid Bergin, senior political reporter for W. N. Y. C and gothamist for months. You've heard my colleagues and me reporting on the candidates, the issues and ranked choice voting in this election. Now it's your turn to make your voice heard. Cast your votes and then join us for our live primary night Call and show hosted by Brian Lehrer. Tonight at eight on 93.9 FM.

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