MLK Day: Remembrance and Relevance

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Dear Members of the Methodist University Community,

We all enjoy a holiday, and I hope you are enjoying your day off for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It’s important though, on any holiday, to spend some time remembering why the day was made a holiday in the first place.

Today, it’s important to remember Dr. King’s heroic, non-violent leadership in the struggle for equality and justice in this country. And for us at Methodist University, this work is particularly relevant if we truly intend to be faithful to our missional statement that our university is “committed to an ecumenical spirit, respects diversity, and recognizes the dignity and worth of all human beings.”

Dr. King made much progress during his too-brief lifetime in raising the nation’s consciousness. But painful events of recent times, including on our very own campus, show that much work remains to be done, and we must come together as one people of many cultures and backgrounds to do this work. This is another issue on which it is crucial for us to move forward together.

In the coming months, we will continue to work on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Methodist University. You will soon hear from our Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Quincy Malloy and me about some events we are planning for this semester.

These events will help us maintain our focus, but the work itself needs to be done by each of us individually, every day, as well.

For today, let us enjoy our day off, but let us also renew our commitment to making Methodist University a better, safer, more welcoming place for all human beings.


Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D.

Methodist University