As I reflect on the events of 9/11, I can’t help but to think of what I was doing on that day when the events unfolded.
I was teaching at Morgan State University then, and I was getting ready for the first period class. I normally turn the TV on while the students are coming into the class so they can watch the news before we begin the class.
One student came to my office and said that a plane had hit one of the towers! I said, “Oh that unusual, that had to be planned.” Then another student said “Sir, another plane has hit one of the towers!”
I then said “We must be under attack, because planes just don’t hit the towers.”
Then we all watched the news as the events unfolded, when we got the order to lockdown the building and security was on the way. Students were scared, many panicked and all of us teachers were worried about the events because we knew something bad was happening to all of us.
Then we heard about the second plan hitting the Pentagon and another plane that was heading to the White House and had crashed.
Soon, one of my students said that he had gotten a call that said that his Aunt was in one of the towers and his Uncle was in the Pentagon, both had died.
I thought of my brother who as assigned to the Pentagon in the Air Force but found out that he was not there because he had gotten deployed the week prior.
Yes my life changed that day, I am sure many lives changed. But we should never forget the tragedy of 9/11. Many students today were not even born then but need to be taught about this unforgettable day in the history of the United States.
These were the 120 minutes that changed America, it changed me.