To the university community,

We honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today as we launch our 2021 celebration of his legacy themed, “We cannot walk alone.” That quote from Dr. King is especially meaningful now, as we are challenged by tense and turbulent times. At Virginia Tech, we draw strength and resilience from each other and our spirit of community, even when we cannot be physically together.

I urge you to participate in our virtual celebration of Dr. King over the next two weeks, beginning with tonight’s keynote address by Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X.  You can learn more about the schedule of upcoming events by visiting this page. I want to thank the MLK Celebration Committee and the Office for Inclusion and Diversity for their excellent work in planning and sponsoring this year’s event.

2021 is an opportunity to advance InclusiveVT as our institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. It can be a year of progress and meaningful change if we choose to walk together and, as the words of Dr. King continue, “make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

Tim Sands,

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