17-year-old RuQuan “Ru” Brown, who hails from Seattle, is yet another proof that great things are coming out from the black community. The high school senior who has excelled both in academics and sports, has been recently accepted into 24 colleges including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. To top it all, earlier this year, he also launched his own apparel brand called Love1 – an enterprise that aims to make gun violence extinct.
In school, the 17-year-old earned a 3.9 GPA and 1320 on his SATs – while serving as the SGA president, and a track and football champion. Quite an impressive feat to achieve by anyone; Brown managed to achieve all these despite the disasters that happened to him in recent years. His friend – who was also his teammate, was murdered in September 2017. His step-father was also murdered a year later. These and all the numerous cases of gun violence birthed the idea to launch a clothing line with a cause.
“My company is called Love1. I started it to honor the lives of my teammate and stepdad who were murdered a year apart. I wanted to beat gun violence to the punch so that our families don’t have to continuously fall victim to tragic losses,” Brown says. Love1 allocates 20% of its profit to a New Jersey-based organization called One Gun Gone. The organization buys and collects guns and turns them into art.
The 17-year-old dedicates his achievements in school and business to his late friend and step-dad. Brown is yet to decide which school he will be attending for college, but he said he plans to pursue a degree in business with a minor in African American studies.