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Local teenager, Wilson Prep student, receives BET award

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A Wilson Preparatory Academy student who was the only student to walk out of class during a national protest of gun violence at his school was one of six sharing BET’s Humanitarian Award given Sunday night.

Justin Blackman, 16, was the only student to walk out of Wilson Prep on March 14. Students across the country walked out of classes that day, one month after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

That day, Justin posted a photo and comments on his Twitter account @JustinIBlackman. “It’s National Walkout Day and I’m the only one at my school out here. No one here but me,” Blackman said in a smartphone video posted to his Twitter account, @JustinIBlackman.

Blackman’s video was retweeted by cable channel BET and then caught the attention of CNN.

The other five receiving the award, are Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr.; March for Our Lives speaker Naomi Wadler; journalist Shaun King; Parkland, Florida, hero Anthony Borges; and Mamoudou Gassama, who saved a young boy by climbing a set of balconies like Spider-Man in Paris.

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