Medgar Evers College Dean of Students Derrick Griffith was one of the 7 people killed in Tuesday night’s Amtrak train derailment.

Medgar Evers College President Rudy Crew spoke highly of Griffith and his commitment to students and education.

“There could not be a finer educator,” Crew said. “He was an outstanding and very distinguished person who guided many, many students at Medgar Evers since 2011, and finished his Ph.D. about a month ago and was really the source of tremendous motivation for all [of] us in one form or another; he did so much for the students.”

In his commitment to education, Griffith also spearheaded a program to help high school dropouts gain admission to college. Before joining the staff at Medgar Evars, Griffith was also a founder of CUNY Prep High School.

Griffith was preparing for his graduation from Medgar Evars as he had just defended his dissertation in urban education.

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  • vintage3000

    An exceptional human being like Mr. Griffith is taken away like this, while that racist high school principal is still walking around, undoubtedly still spewing hatred somewhere. I don’t understand, all i can do is hope everyone who loved this man finds comfort at some point.

  • Heroes come in many occupations. Mr. Griffith was a hero. His gift was in education and he not only educated other people sincerely, but he made a difference in so many lives of the youth. His excellent intelligence on urban education and his commitment to altruism should always be respected. The sad tragedy of the Amtrak derailment reminds us that life is precious and that we have to care for each other as human beings. Also, our infrastructure in America has a lot of decay. We need more investment to modernize our rail systems (and the Northeast corridor does need those systems which can help prevent accidents) and the rest of our infrastructure in a far-reaching way. Mr. Griffith was a man. He was a man who wanted the best for people and use his strength to bless others. I send prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

    RIP Brother.

  • Mary Burrell

    He sounds like he was a fine and noble gentleman who did good things and walked in his purpose. May he rest in peace.