Bronx Prodigy, 13, Heads to College

Autum Ashante speaks three languages; has 149 IQ

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2011 5:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – A young prodigy from the Bronx is headed to the University of Connecticut—at age 13. She already speaks three foreign languages: Arabic, Swahili, and Spanish. Her IQ tests at 149, better than most college students’. And she’s traveled the US performing spoken word, reports Black Voices via the Daily News. Autum Ashante was home-schooled by her father and retired teachers. “What she's doing is groundbreaking, but this is not about vanity,” her father says.

“It's about setting the tone for other black and Latino children who will come behind her. They're always being told they are underachievers. We want to show this can be done."

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