April 21, 2021
Dear NCCU Community,
The past year has been both challenging and traumatic. We have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our lives, witnessed the murder of Mr. George Floyd, and seen how mass shootings have devastated lives in cities including Atlanta, Boulder, Indianapolis and Kenosha.
During this same period, we have been forced to confront the disturbing evidence of racial injustice and societal inequities that are prevalent across our nation. Less than a year after the tragic killing of Mr. Floyd, the case against Derek Chauvin who was responsible for Mr. Floyd’s death has been tried in the court of law, and the trial has now concluded.
Police accountability and police brutality need to be addressed immediately. As the eyes of the world are upon us, it’s incumbent that we put an end to excessive use of force by police.
While we know that change does not come overnight, change-makers are born every day. This moment in our history could allow us to reshape justice for the coming years. By peacefully making our voices heard, we will start a new chapter ending the centuries old stories of racism, sexism and classism that have been intrinsic in our country.
Here at NCCU, our Eagles serving as law enforcement professionals in the criminal justice system and in the field of law are hard at work each day modeling diversity and fairness. Let’s not overlook our need to support these Eagles who are fighting the good fight on our behalf.
Students, we want to provide you with helpful resources to talk through your thoughts during this time. Counseling Services and the Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue are both available to you. Faculty and staff are urged to access the services of the Employee Assistance Program, should they need them.
In Truth and Service,
Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., Chancellor