We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again. – Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor
The tragic deaths this week at Virginia Tech have stirred grief in the hearts and minds of all who are aware of this horrible chain of events.
I dedicate this post to the memory of those members of the Virginia Tech community who lost their lives on Monday, April 16, 2007:
…and any whose names have not yet been released, pending identification and the notification of their next of kin.
We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.
– Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor
Across this nation and beyond, tens of millions mourn the loss of life and the accompanying loss of innocence, the tragic intervention of murderous violence into the space of the college campus, that setting which has functioned symbolically and practically as that last cherished moment in space and time for young men and women to explore, create, grow, learn, dream, and entertain their most ambitious and utopian aspirations.
The Virginia Tech homepage has been reconfigured as a hub for those seeting information on Monday’s devastating events. You can find the Virginia Tech homepage at this address: http://www.vt.edu/
To make a donation in memory of those who lost their lives on Monday, click on this link and follow the instructions provided (other websites soliciting donations may be fraudulent): http://www.vt.edu/tragedy/memorial_fund.php
To read the transcript of the stirring and inspiring convocation address by University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni, click this link: http://www.vt.edu/tragedy/giovanni_transcript.php
Posted by Ajuan Mance