Destiny Hemphill

T ’15, Tennessee

Growing up in various parts of the American South, Destiny prefers not to look at her home as a concrete locale to which to return but as a sense of belonging internally experienced. Destiny has long had a dedication to social justice and shifting paradigms, which has been strengthened by experiences such as becoming the first black valedictorian of Conway High School, which had been integrated 42 years at the time of her graduation in Spring 2011. Furthermore, she is excited to see how this resolve will continue to develop during her years at Duke. While currently undecided in respect to major, Destiny is considering a double major in African and African American Studies and Literature. She has a profound appreciation for the Reginaldo Howard Scholarship as it not only allowed her the opportunity to attend Duke, but also it placed her in the company of intellectually stimulating and socially conscious individuals.