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This Teen Lost His Father, Then His Home and Still Graduated First In His Class

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Want a daily dose of inspiration? Look no further than Tupac Mosley.

He’s a once homeless Memphis teenager who became valedictorian at his high school with a 4.3

GPA – earning $3 million in college scholarships. Not only did his family battle through being evicted from his home, his father died during his sophomore year.

Mosley shared his heartbreaking experience during his graduation speech from Raleigh Egypt High School in Memphis. Despite losing his dad at a young age, he kept forging ahead.

“Many of us on stage have lost one already, including myself,” Mosley said. “I lost my father my sophomore year. But that did not act as a complete deterrent to any of us, because we are still here today, on stage, graduating.”

The death did, however, initiate a series of problems for the Mosley family. They couldn’t keep up with bills and were evicted from their home.

“We’ve also lost homes, utilities…wondering when we’re going to eat the next day…where we’re going to lay our head,” he said. “The basic necessities in life have been stripped away from us. However, we have prospered and conquered through all of those difficulties.”

Mosley’s family ended up at a nonprofit camping site where its director allowed them to stay until they got back on their feet.

In gratitude for others helping his family to redemption, Mosley spoke of giving back during his speech.

“I wish for all of the Raleigh Egypt alumni to come back into Memphis and pour into it,” he said. “To make that investment that everyone has poured into us and give it back to the new generations.”

This fall, Mosley will attend Tennessee State University and major in electrical engineering.

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