SACRAMENTO — A black teenager says he was escorted out of his high school graduation ceremony in Sacramento by three deputies for refusing to remove his kente cloth, a traditional Ghanaian silk and cotton fabric. Nyree Holmes said Saturday that he wore the decorative cloth atop his graduation robes to have something with him that represented his culture during the ceremony at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday. […] Holmes, an 18-year-old student from Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, said the school’s student activities director wouldn’t hear his arguments and told him he was violating graduation dress requirements, which only allow decorating caps and gowns with medals, cords or pins received though the school. Holmes walked the stage wearing the kente and shook hands with the school principal, Maria Osborne, and other administrators.
Sacramento teen removed from graduation for African garb – SFGate