As the anniversary of Tundun Lawani’s death approaches, let us be sure to keep Tundun and the impact of her life on the Knox community in our minds — not just in the coming days, but indefinitely.
On October 28, 2012, campus as we know it was forever changed. News of Tundun’s death sparked an outpouring of support for those closest to her, including her fellow members of Harambee and sisters of Delta Delta Delta. There was a flurry of remembrance letters sent to TKS, and Knox’s activist culture kicked into full gear to ensure better pedestrian safety measures were taken on South Street.
The reach of Tundun’s impact at Knox has extended far beyond the immediate aftermath of her death. Her academic passion has been immortalized by the Political Science and International Relations department with a book series on African politics and development — purchased in her name. In the last year, Knox’s activism has left its impact on South Street with improved pedestrian safety.
Granted, the measures taken thus far on South Street are short-term fixes. TKS is working to pressure city officials who promised to explore more long-term solutions for pedestrian safety, an effort that would be bolstered by reinvigorated efforts from Knox’s activists.
South Street aside, we would like to promote a suggestion made in the Class of 2014 Facebook group: to leave an empty seat for Tundun where she would have sat during the commencement ceremony in June. Though she is gone, her memory is an inextricable part of our collective sense of community. Let us remember that now and in the years to come.