It is the second time I am writing an editorial for the Journal of West African History and, once again, I am writing about a murder. This one took place at Michigan State University on February 13, 2023. An individual—who committed suicide shortly afterwards—killed three students (Arielle Anderson, Brian Fraser, and Alexandria Verner) while injuring five others. For this editorial team, Michigan State University is not like any other university. Without its funding, the Journal of West African History could not exist. The members of our editorial team would not have a monthly online meeting; a PhD student could not help us with our different secretarial tasks; we would not have a journal manager. Without the conditions offered by Michigan State University, a university located in the small community of East Lansing in the United States, we could not publish articles on the history of the African continent. The shooting...

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