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Video: Coming Back and Moving Forward


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At the largest gathering of black alumni in the University's history, emotions overflowed as participants talked about Princeton's transformation. Event coverage. "Connect" initiative.


Video Closed Captions

(music)

Eddie Glaude:
We have reveled in the sheer joy of coming back,

Eddie Glaude:
of reconnecting with old friends who have helped shape us,

Eddie Glaude:
and of glimpsing, if for just a moment,

Eddie Glaude:
what the future might hold for old Nassau --

Eddie Glaude:
a future that does not simply include us,

Eddie Glaude:
but a future impossible to imagine without us.

(music, conversations)

Photographer:
Okay, here we go. Last shot. Thanks for your patience. Here we go. Look right over here. Umbrellas down.

Group:
Cheese.

Photographer:
Have a great reunion! (crowd cheers)

(music)

Shirley M. Tilghman:
When I think about Princeton in the future,

Shirley M. Tilghman:
and think about the ideal of what Princeton would look like

Shirley M. Tilghman:
if we put a map of the world up, my picture is there would be

Shirley M. Tilghman:
Princeton right in the middle of the map,

Shirley M. Tilghman:
and there would be lines going in and out of Princeton,

Shirley M. Tilghman:
literally to every other part of the world that reflects what the

Shirley M. Tilghman:
faculty have called networks and flows.

Shirley M. Tilghman:
We want to be the center of the universe.

(laughter, applause)

(music)

Cornel West:
You all remember Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack from 1974?

Cornel West:
Where is... where is the love?

Cornel West:
You see in the end, it's all about the love.

Cornel West:
All the rest is sounding brass and tinkling cymbal.

Cornel West:
If you love wisdom, you ought to be a philosopher.

Cornel West:
If you love justice, you ought to be a politician or

Cornel West:
a judge or a good citizen.

Cornel West:
If you love the life of the mind, come to Princeton.

Cornel West:
If you love the world of ideas, come to Princeton.

Cornel West:
If you love yourself, keep working on it,

Cornel West:
though you'll find out you can't really love yourself unless you love somebody else.

(music)

Robert Durkee:
I do hope that one of the messages you take from this

Robert Durkee:
conference is that Princeton continues to change and progress

Robert Durkee:
has been made. Princeton surely has become a

Robert Durkee:
more diverse and welcoming place, and it has staked out a

Robert Durkee:
leadership position in placing an understanding of race and the

Robert Durkee:
African American experience among its highest priorities.

(music)

(cheers, applause)

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