Professor's Powerful Act of Kindness for Struggling Parent Goes Viral

When a dad couldn’t find a sitter, his professor offered to pitch in.
ByStephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
Mar 2019
black student attends lecture at college
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There are still some good people in the world. Just take a look at Nathan Alexzander, a professor from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. A student of his couldn’t find a sitter to look after his baby, and was left with no choice but to bring his daughter to class. With midterms right around the corner, Alexzander wanted to ensure his pupil didn’t miss out on any important takeaways, so he offered to hold the little girl during the class.

Nick Vaughn, another student who was also in attendance, took to Facebook to praise Alexzander for a job well done.

“We had an unexpected special guest in class today,” the post reads. “As one of my peers walked into the classroom with his child in arms, he quickly explained to my professor that he couldn’t find a babysitter and had nobody else that could watch her.”

Instead of giving a snarky response or losing patience with the struggling dad, the professor was more than okay with the day’s adorable addition. Going the extra mile, he even offered to hold the baby girl so her father could take notes.

“Not only did he teach the entire lecture with the child in his arms, but also stayed after class helping those with questions about today’s lecture with the child still in his arms,” Vaughn recounts. “It was this encounter that truly showed me the power and impact historically black colleges and universities can have for the black community, for this professor to understand that life happens and sometimes there are just no ways around it.”

Kudos to the professor for helping the the young man to be both a parent and a student. It’s a touching reminder on how a small act of kindness can go a long way for a stressed out mom or dad.

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