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Memorial Convocation at VT

Nikki Giovanni:

We are Virginia Tech.

We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.

We are Virginia Tech.

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.

We are Virginia Tech.

We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by the rogue army, neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for ivory, neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water, neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy.

We are Virginia Tech.

The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. 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.

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We are Virginia Tech.

3 Comments

  1. It is too bad that Giovanni is trying to use this situation as a platform to promote her own political agenda. It is supposed to be about the victims, not Giovanni’s political ideology.

  2. I admire her words, and the words shared by others.

  3. I’ve been reading quite a few reports about the convocation yesterday and, man I hate to say this but it’s really sounding like it’s honked-off more people than this kind of thing should. Lots of people are angry at the imposition that Bush’s presence had on the occassion’s solemness, then some are upset at the prayers invoked, now this. I’ll agree: Giovanni’s choice of words do reflect more of an agenda than is called for at a moment like this.

    Why does it seem that we’ve become inured to turning tragedy into opportunity? 🙁

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