For the second consecutive year, a Black student has been elected editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Michael Thomas Jr., an immigrant from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, becomes the 132nd president of the prestigious legal periodical, which boasts a past leadership that includes former President Barack Obama.
He succeeds ImeIme Umana, who last year was elected as the review’s first African-American female president.
Thomas, 27, a second-year law student, grew up in New York City. As an immigrant, he offers a unique perspective on the law.
“This perspective has taught me that working hard is important, but that opportunity and circumstance are equally so,” he said in a statement.
His election comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s alleged comments about his distaste for immigrants from “s—hole countries” such as Haiti and certain African nations.