Sister Act: The Rhodes Scholar Edition

We spoke with Naseemah Mohamed, who in 2013 will follow in her sister's footsteps as an awardee.

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The scholarships were established in 1903 under terms of the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Naseemah is one of 15 black Rhodes scholars for 2013; fellow Zimbabwean Dalumuzi Mhlanga is also a 2013 Scholar. Some 7,000 Rhodes scholars have made their mark in various endeavors in public life, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

Michael E. Ross is a regular contributor to The Root and the author of American Bandwidth, on the Obama campaign and presidency. He blogs on national affairs at Short Sharp Shock.

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