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Reflections on September 11, 2001

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Reflections on September 11, 2001


 
The Howard University School of Law community joins with others around
 
 
the world in honoring the memory of those who lost their lives as a result of the
 
 
terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The events of that tragic day remind us
 
 
to never take for granted the quality of life we have and the liberty we enjoy.
 
     
 
A number of inspirational quotes adorn the walls of the Howard Law
 
 
School. One of them is from Robert F. Kennedy, a distinguished American lawyer
 
 
whose career was cut short by senseless violence. His statement was this:
 
     
 
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lots of
 
 
others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of
 
 
hope and, crossing each other from a million different centers of
 
 
energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down
 
 
the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
 
     
 
As we reflect upon September 11th and consider the Kennedy message, let
 
 
us not feel defeated, but let us recommit ourselves to fight for the values of
 
 
justice, liberty, and freedom, which were the precious values that were attacked a
 
 
decade ago.
 
     
 
Kurt L. Schmoke, Dean