Visit Professor Kim’s News Notes to read poet Nikki Giovanni‘s moving remarks at a convocation at Virginia Tech on Tuesday. Giovanni, who has been on the Virginia Tech faculty since 1987, encouraged the crowd with the cry, "We will prevail." Watch the video here.

Professor Kim is journalism professor Kim Pearson, and she also posted some wise words at BlogHer about media coverage.

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  • Kim Pearson April 19, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Thanks so much for the shout-out, and thanks for having such an intresting blog!

  • Darlene April 18, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    “Does Virginia Tech massacre make you want stricter gun control laws?”
    I came across this “real time” poll website called and they currently have the subject, and are asking: “Does Virginia Tech massacre make you want stricter gun control laws?”
    As of 6:25.48 PM-PDT today. This is a “up to the second sampling of close to 350 online users polled said – No!”
    347 votes since 4/17
    Yes, current laws are too lax– 44%
    No, protection is our right – 55%
    This site BuzzDash says it’s “a community-driven website that provides a real-time dashboard showing continuously updated snapshots of popular opinion and people can gauge the pulse of the nation on the Virginia Tech tragedy and whether it should affect current gun control laws.”
    I say, whether “yes” or “no” America, PLEASE make your opinion known!
    Roanoke, VA