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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Interim President

January 15, 2021

Dear students, faculty, staff and members of the Aggie Family:

On Monday we will join our nation in honoring the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we reflect on Dr. King's legacy this year, I ask you to consider what you can do for our university community and the greater human community. Through your words and your actions, you have the power to help us all channel the better angels of our nature, speaking up for truth and justice and devoting yourselves to selfless service.

We often remember Dr. King's individual words and achievements, but he also called us all to lead lives of collective service. In a sermon titled Three Dimensions of a Complete Life, he said, "In a sense every day is judgment day, and we, through our deeds and words, our silence and speech, are constantly writing in the Book of Life. Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

On Thursday, January 21, you have the opportunity to join other members of our university community for the 14th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, which will feature a keynote by educator and activist Jane Elliott. Beginning at 9 a.m., you will be able to join the livestream virtually via the MSC Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee's Facebook and Instagram Live pages.

While we may recognize Dr. King's legacy with a single day on our calendars, I hope you will reflect on how we - the Aggie community - can continuously embody his message of humanity, equality and justice in our local communities and in the world we serve. As we strive to achieve more harmonious relationships in the Aggie Family, let us all be inspired by Dr. King's dream that..."children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Gig 'em,

John L. Junkins
Interim President