Listen to this article here
Sign-Up for a free subscription to The Black Wall Street Times‘ daily newsletter, Black Editors’ Edition (BEE) – our curated news selections & opinions by us for you.
Albany, GA —More than a year after Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down while jogging in Glynn County, Georgia, his big sister Jasmine Arbery has earned her Master’s degree and has dedicated her accomplishment to her late brother in a heartwarming tribute.
Arbery was running through his community near Brunswick when he was followed and gunned down by Gregory and Travis McMichael, a father and son. A friend of the McMichaels, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. is accused of hunting Arbery down, hitting him with his truck, and recording the fatal Feb. 23, 2020, incident on his phone. A graphic video of the incident shows Arbery as he lies in the street taking his last breath.
The three men were each indicted on hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges, with a state trial expected to begin Oct. 18, according to Atlanta Black Star.
Jasmine Arbery receives master’s degree
Most recently, Jasmine received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Albany State University. She was also ranked at the top of the psychology department.
She managed to achieve the feat despite grieving for her brother’s sudden loss and at the same time, fighting for justice. She took to Instagram to celebrate the moment.
“Whew! A journey is not great unless you find what you seek. My journey was filled with many challenges that included working two jobs, a natural disaster, the tragic loss of my brother, a pandemic, giving birth, anxiety, grief, and issues with my financial aid. But I am proud to say those challenges equal the factors that will make me an excellent therapist. I have the opportunity to offer support based on real-life experiences,” she said.
“I ooze #BlackGirlMagic,” she continued.
Jasmine concluded her post by honoring the memory of her younger brother, dedicating her achievement to him.
“I dedicate this degree to my brother #AhmaudArbery. The ceremony is held on your birthday [May 8th] and you always believed in me! #BlackLivesMatter”.