A college professor is going viral on social media for a picture that was quickly snapped in his classroom of him holding a baby next to a whiteboard full of math function equations.
Nathan Alexander is the professor in the photo and teaches math at Morehouse College, a historically black all-male school in Atlanta, Georgia, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the report, the infant belongs to one of Alexander’s students and the professor is holding the child in a carrier so the student-father can take notes.
“Student came to class today with his child due to no babysitter or anybody to watch her while he was in class,” said a student named Nick Vaughn in a Twitter post. “My professor NATHAN ALEXANDER said ‘I’ll hold her so you can take good notes!'”
At the time of publication, the post had over 25,000 retweets and 110,000 likes.
Vaughn explained in a lengthier post on Facebook that the professor taught the entire lecture with the baby strapped to his chest and even held the child after the lecture while he helped other students with questions.
“Came to class today ready to learn and start March off on a good note preparing for Midterms at Morehouse College next week, to my surprise we had an unexpected special guest in class today,” Vaughn wrote.
“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,” the post continued. “My professor Nathan Alexzander(Morehouse College) said, ‘No problem, in fact I will even hold her so you can take better notes in class.’ And he did, in fact 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 as seen in the pictures.”
The student continued: “It was this encounter that truly showed me the power and impact HBCU’s can have for the black community, for this professor to understand that life happens and sometimes there are just no ways around it.”
And, “Not saying that at a PWI you won’t find this act, but here on the campus of Morehouse one of the iconic HBUC’s in the world it just felt more caring and from the heart. It’s acts like this one that I will see from time to time on campus that reminds me not only why I choose to come to Morehouse but also why this is such a great area for young black men to be in and there’s no other place on earth like MOREHOUSE!”
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“I appreciate the love,” the professor wrote in response to the post.