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MLK Day 2016 Message from TU President Steadman Upham

Post-MLKDay-2016The third Monday of January is set aside to reflect on the extraordinary example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Of course, the most meaningful tribute we can offer to his memory is to live each and every day of the year by the principles he defended.

As was Dr. King, the TU community is dedicated to the inherent worth of each individual and to equality of opportunity – both on our campus and throughout society. Aside from being self-evidently fair, these principles are closely aligned with the promise of education: That each of us can develop and share the full measure of our talent.

As experience continues to show, it is one thing to espouse these principles and quite another to ensure that our organizations promote them. Over the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement and campus protests across the nation have brought new focus to issues of institutionalized racism and the continuing need for real, material change.

Here at TU, we want our values to be apparent in the daily experiences of each and every member of our family. Those experiences come not through belief alone, but through consistent actions that create space for all voices to be heard. Ultimately, each of us is responsible for sustaining that kind of environment.

So today, as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. let us also remember the responsibilities that we have to each other. By living up to those responsibilities, we will uphold the dream and will continue to make The University of Tulsa a community of learning, service and distinction.