The First African American Editor-in-Chief for Syracuse Law Review
Yaw Bonsu, SYRACUSE N.Y – The Syracuse Law Review is making history, naming its first-ever ever African American editor-in-chief. Hilda Frimpong, a second-year law student at Syracuse University, was named to the position,
Frimpong was initially not aware of the history that came with earning the position, “I knew how significant it was to be on law review,” Frimpong said. I’m not sure we were aware of how historic this moment was,”
Frimpong is the first African-American to claim the position in the review’s 72-year history.
She was born in Kumasi, Ghana, and raised in Dallas, Texas. Despite reaching the law review’s top position, Frimpong was not always interested in law.
She competed in the Miss Universe Ghana pageant in 2015, winning the competition. “A lot of my pageantry work was tied to working with non-profit organizations.” Frimpong reflected on what she took from the competition scene to her law career. “…that ties into the advocacy part of law and even in this position as editor-in-chief.”
Frimpong was adamant about the fact that she did not get to this point alone. Although her main goal wasn’t to make history, she couldn’t help but thank the trailblazers that came before her.
“I hope that I can be a source of inspiration for another young girl, another person of color to know that the sky is the limit, you can do whatever it is you want to do.
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