"I feel guilt because I don't deserve any of this and neither do any of you," Hudson said in his speech, as reported by Diverseeducation.com. "We received an outstanding education at no charge based solely on our performance on a test we took when we were 11-year-olds or 4-year-olds."
Hunter College High School is a magnet school in New York City for intellectually gifted students. To be admitted to the school, students have to perform well on an exam written by the teachers at the school. Elementary school students who score in the top 10 percent on the state math and English tests are asked to take the exam.
Until recently, individual schools in New York were responsible for making sure their kids knew about the test. Essentially, teachers had to know about the test, know about which students to recommend and connect them to the test through a very personally process. As a result, black and Latino children have often been left out of the pool of those selected to receive the opportunity to apply to Hunter College High School and receive an amazing education for free.