The Northeastern community came together on Monday in the Sacred Space in Ell Hall to honor and remember the victims of recent attacks around the world, including those in Paris this past Friday.
The event, “Vigil: A Time of Healing and Fraternity,” included a moment of silence; prayers and remarks from spiritual advisors in Northeastern’s Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service; and the singing of the French national anthem.
A heartfelt President Joseph E. Aoun, who began his remarks speaking French and Arabic, challenged those gathered at the vigil to turn their anger into action and to push back on terrorism, on racism, and on any form of discrimination.
“Terrorism will fail because we are going to prevail,” Aoun said. “This community, from its inception, is not closed to the world. It is open to the world because you are living, and working, and learning from the world.”
Terrorism will fail because we are going to prevail.
—President Joseph E. Aoun