Derrill Bodley excerpts from our book, “September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows: Turning Our Grief Into Action for Peace.”

For Derrill Bodley, a music professor at the University of the Pacific in Stockton and Sacramento City College, California, the first opportunity to publicly address the death of his daughter, Deora, who had perished in the crash of Flight 93 outside of Shanksville, came on September 13.

Concerned with backlash for the crimes, and the threat of racial violence, school officials held an impromptu gathering at a central quad that drew 18,000 students and a number of speakers, including Bodley.  "I said, this is not about lashing out, this is not about vengeance, this is not about retaliation, this is about justice, and justice is a complex issue," Bodley says. "And I tried to give them some kind of motivational speech, and at the end of it, I said,

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