“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
— Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963
Dear Willamette Community,
I am pleased to welcome you back to Willamette for the start of the spring term. This week also begins Willamette’s annual celebration of the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s theme is, “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”, a phrase from his Letter from Birmingham Jail, one of the most important documents of the civil rights era.
Thanks to the efforts of the MLK planning committee, there are a number of special activities and events to promote discussion on Dr. King’s message and teachings and to reflect on what yet be accomplished to fulfill his vision of equality and social change through non-violence. Afternoon classes for CLA students on Friday, January 19th have been canceled to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to exemplify our motto by participating in the annual service project, Into the Streets.
I am looking forward to participating in several events over the course of our MLK Day celebration. I hope you will join me and sign up to take part in at least one of the many opportunities offered to engage in experiences that exemplify and honor the legacy of Dr. King.
Steve Thorsett, President