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The Poet's Part

The service at Virginia Tech today was brought to conclusion by poet Nikki Giovanni, a Virginia Tech alum. Here is an excerpt from her speech:

“We are sad today and we will be sad for quite awhile. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning. We are strong enough to know when to cry and sad enough to know we must laugh again. We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did not deserve it but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, but neither do the invisible children walking the night to avoid being captured by a rogue army. Neither does the baby elephant watching his community be devastated for ivory; 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 Hokier Nation embraces our own 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, not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imagination and the possibility that we will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears, through all this sadness. We will prevail, we will prevail."

For more information on this well-known poet, see http://nikki-giovanni.com/

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