President’s Letter

January 7, 2021

Dear Cranbrook Educational Community, 

Poet Langston Hughes writes: 

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed
Let it be the great strong land of love

Republican, Democrat, or Independent, we must condemn the violence at our nation’s capitol last night, violence that threatened our fundamental democratic processes and claimed at least one person’s life. 

For our children, and for us, images of a lawless mob must never supplant not just a dream, but the reality that our great, strong land honors debate, discussion, discernment, and only peaceful dissent, and that our democracy prizes, always, the peaceful transfer of power.

As an educational community, Cranbrook cherishes and nurtures the habits of mind and heart that allow each of us to express our highest ambition for this country through the electoral process and to engage our fellow citizens respectfully, especially when we disagree. 

As together we face the many challenges of this time, from a fractured political culture to the twin pandemics of COVID and racial injustice, it is critical that we continue to learn, to teach and to model modes of civic discourse and engagement through which lasting, functional democracy for all is forged. Cranbrook redoubles its educational efforts here lest events like those of last night become, irrevocably, this country’s hallmark and is grateful to the first responders and members of the Senate and House who, amid the tumult, returned to complete their work on our nation’s behalf last night.

We join those who work to unify and heal our country, the dream we and our children deserve.  


Dominic A. DiMarco, President
Cranbrook Educational Community

Aimeclaire Roche, Director of Schools and President-elect
Cranbrook Educational Community

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