Graduation in Detroit
Darqueeze played high school football in Detroit. He was a great running back, but a really poor student. At graduation, he didn’t have enough credits. But he was a great football star...
So the students held a rally and demanded the principal give him a diploma anyway. They
were so insistent that the principal agreed that if Darqueeze could answer one question
correctly he would give him a diploma.
The one question test was held in the auditorium and all the students packed the place.
It was standing room only.
The principal was on the stage and told him to come up. Diploma in hand, the principal said:
“Darqueeze, if you can answer this one question correctly I’ll give you your diploma.”
“Darqueeze, how much is three times seven?”
Darqueeze looked up at the ceiling and then down at his shoes, pondering the question.
The other students began chanting, “Graduate him anyway! Graduate him anyway!”
Then Darqueez held up his hand and the auditorium became silent. He said, “I think I know the answer. Three times seven is twenty-one.”
A hush fell over the auditorium and then all the other students began to chant:
“Give him another chance! Give him another chance!”