Nathan Alexander, who teaches algebra at Morehouse College in Atlanta, held the infant during the lecture so dad Wayne Hayer could take notes. In an interview with CNN, Hayer, 26, said that he was “nervous” to go to class with daughter Assata, explaining that, “Morehouse is an all-male college and seeing me with a baby strapped to me would make all eyes be on me.
But he knew he couldn’t skip that day because they were reviewing for an upcoming midterm. That’s where Alexander came in. A picture posted to Twitter on Friday shows the professor teaching his class with Assata strapped to his chest in a baby carrier.
“Part of my role and goal as an educator is to provide opportunities for students,” Alexander told CNN, adding that dad Hayer, who works two jobs along with being a student and parent, is the real hero. “This photo serves as a reminder of what parents have to do every day and how important it is to have affordable childcare.”
The professor added that baby Assata was “really behaved and even started to fall asleep at the end… We enjoyed having her energy in class.”
Alexander’s photo already has nearly 75,000 retweets and over 305,000 likes. Morehouse College President David Thomas even shared it, tweeting, “This is about #love and #commitment. Loving our students and being committed to removing any barrier to their pursuit of excellence. #goodnotesmatter.”
Student came to class today with his child due to no babysitter or anybody to watch her while he was in class.
My professor NATHAN ALEXANDER said “I’ll hold her so you can take good notes!” #HBCU #morehouse #Respect pic.twitter.com/oogIqetseS
— TheOriginal™ (@Original_Vaughn) March 1, 2019