Medgar Evers: Funeral Services for Dr. Derrick E. Griffith, AMTRAK Crash Victim

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 Dr. Derrick E. Griffith

 

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR DR. DERRICK E. GRIFFITH

Dr. Derrick E. Griffith’s tragic death in the derailment of Amtrak 188 took him from us too soon, but hundreds will celebrate his life in a final farewell funeral service on Friday, May 22, 2015.  If you are unable to make it to the service, but you’d like to share a word of condolence or fond memories of the time you were able to spend with Dr. Griffith, please click here to post a heartfelt message.

All services will be held at: Community Protestant Church

1659 East Gunhill Road, Bronx, NY 10469

Viewing: 4:00pm- 6:00pm

Fraternity Service: 6:00pm - 6:45pm (Open to Public)

Funeral: 7:00pm- 9:00pm

Medgar Evers College is humbled to announce the creation of the Dr. Derrick E. Griffith Memorial Scholarship Fund. This new fund will ensure that Medgar Evers College is able to continue supporting students who have overcome major obstacles as they look towards a brighter future.

“It’s not often that you meet someone as selfless as Derrick, and a fund that will help support students in their pursuit of education is the ultimate tribute to his life’s work.  Derrick would be so proud if he was with us, and I’m happy that we’re able to honor him in this way,” said Dr. Rudy Crew, president of Medgar Evers College.

Before his death, Derrick was scheduled to participate in his doctoral commencement ceremony on May 27, 2015.  He was to be conferred his Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center.  His dissertation, What’s ‘Black’ Got to Do with It? An Analysis of Low-Income Black Students and Educational Outcomes is available for public consumption and we encourage all to spend time reviewing his thought-provoking research on an issue that the nation continues to face – how to better serve low-income African-American students in the country’s current educational structure.

More information about the scholarship fund, including how those interested can make a donation, can be found at the link.  

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