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Our Silence is Violence

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2017

Our Silence is Violence

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends"
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Steve ThorsettAt Willamette University, our commitment to diversity is an expression of our collective worldview. It is essential to a high-quality education so we invest in people, programs and activities to strengthen our appreciation of and commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity.

I invite you to join me in engaging in meaningful dialogue and action around the principles championed by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in Willamette University's annual commemoration of his life and work. The MLK Jr. Celebration at Willamette is a tribute that includes many varied educational events and opportunities for service.

As we have done in the past, afternoon classes for CLA students have been canceled on Friday, January 20th to facilitate participation in the campus community service project, Into the Streets. I encourage you to celebrate and exemplify the spirit of Dr. King’s activism and philanthropy by taking part in this meaningful opportunity to roll up your sleeves in service of our community – an opportunity that will hopefully strengthen your affiliation with and understanding of Willamette’s motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.”

I hope you will join me in in participating in one or more of the events and activities over the course of the celebration.

Sincerely,

Steve Thorsett
President


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