A Message from the President


September 9, 2022

Remembering 9/11

As the country prepares to mark the anniversary of 9/11, we remember how the tragic events of that day changed our lives forever. Some of us have vivid memories of how the day unfolded, while others only recollect the day’s events through stories and history classes. Still, we all look back on that day with great sadness and disappointment.

America faced some of its darkest days in the aftermath of those terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, but was able to overcome adversity. People from all over the country joined together for the greater good of their communities. But, the hardships that we face as a country did not end with the clean-up of Ground Zero and implementation of new policies. Therefore, we must continue to fight against the forces of hate, intolerance and social injustice that seek to divide us even today.

At Bowie State University, we find hope and inspiration in our previous experiences. Our tradition as the oldest HBCU in the state of Maryland has taught us to reflect on our past as we progress towards the future.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Let us use this time to honor the innocent lives lost, reflect on our own lives, uplift one another and move onward towards a more understanding and accepting world free of prejudice and hate.