There is a scripture in the book of Esther in which Mordecai says to his cousin Esther "...and who knows that you have become a queen for such a time as this?" I always knew in the back of my mind legendary poet,writer, activist, and professor Ms. Nikki Giovanni(left) was teaching at Virginia Tech, but I couldn't figure out why. Being one of the giants of poetry of the 70s, along with Sonia Sanchez, I presumed she'd be at Howard, Spelman, or Hampton.

After watching her read the poem she composed for the Virginia Tech memorial service, I now know why she is there....."Queen Nikki" is there"for such a time as this." (Clip is in first paragraph of CNN article here.

Nikki Giovanni's website:

"The Lord is close to those who are broken hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit." May Virginia Tech feel God close to you at this time of unspeakable pain. --K