Dear members of the Niagara University community,
As we prepare to open the spring semester tomorrow, today we remember and reflect on the incredible life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through his speeches “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” "Our God Is Marching On,” “I Have a Dream,” or one of many others, Dr. King’s words stirred the civil rights movement in our country and around the world.
However, this eloquent civil rights leader was also a man of great action, and his actions, marked by grace and dignity, made the greatest impact in the fight for social justice. Our university’s call of “action is our task,” requires us to carry on this fight today.
Next month, the university will launch “Inclusive Excellence,” our initiative to integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and accountability into campus life. We will continue this work with urgency, following the actions of Dr. King to shape our collective journey within our university community and the surrounding Niagara Falls area. It is what our Catholic and Vincentian mission calls us to do.
As we celebrate the legacy and impact of Dr. King, we know that his journey must continue with each one of us. There is no greater time than now to find your own personal action, guided in grace and dignity, and answer Dr. King’s call to do for others.
I ask you to take a moment during this historic week to reflect on the leadership, wisdom, and faith of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. May the eternal legacy of his life shape both the collective work of the university and our personal actions today and in the future.
With every good wish,