JANUARY 2017  
 
 

Dr. Marcus Martin

Greetings, Friends,

I hope the 2016 holiday season was very memorable and the winter break was rejuvenating.    

The spring semester and the annual Community Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration are quickly approaching.  Over the past six years, we’ve had the privilege of welcoming many compelling speakers – including Donna Brazile, Harry Belafonte, Michael Eric Dyson, and Ta-Nehisi Coates – to UVA.  During that time, over 150 events have been planned to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, covering a range of themes such as “Giving Voice,” “Arc of Justice,” “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” and “The Call to Higher Ground.”  Our theme for 2017 is “Silence as Betrayal.”  In 1967, speaking out against the war in Vietnam, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “A time comes when silence is betrayal.”  Unfortunately, silent betrayal persists today when we choose not to speak out or to act against various social injustices. This passive posture betrays the humanity of our fellow citizens.  There comes a time when we are faced with doing what is right instead of what is comfortable. King’s words are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago: “We are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.”
 
The 2017 Community MLK Celebration will begin on January 16th with the Medical Center Interfaith Service honoring the life and work of Dr. King.  With more than fifteen events planned over two weeks, students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater community will have many opportunities to hear from talented speakers, participate in discussions, and commemorate the legacy of Dr. King.  
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Office for Diversity & Equity

 

Diversity Data Dashboard

 

Community MLK Celebration

 

President's Commission on Slavery and the University

 

VA-NC Alliance

 

UVA IDEA Fund

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