January 18, 2013

Good Morning:

It is great to have all of our students back and the new semester well underway. Besides the return of sunny skies (finally!), the new semester also brings with it the opportunity to gather as a community to honor the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace will feature a panel discussion moderated by Tulane political science professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, a celebration of Dr. King's life through song, drama, dance, music and spoken word, an interfaith service and many other special events.

As part of the Week for Peace, Tulane will host a Day of Service from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 26. Students, faculty and staff from the Tulane, Xavier, Loyola and Dillard communities will work side by side at more than 20 service projects throughout the city, including wetland restoration, school and neighborhood revitalization, efforts to increase energy efficiency, activities to support the arts and much, much more.

One of the challenges Dr. King most often presented to the crowds that thronged to hear him speak was the simple question, "What are you doing for others?" The Week for Peace offers another chance for the Tulane community to create a worthy reply to that question. I invite all of you to participate in the Day of Service and other Week for Peace events. Details can be found at

Have a great weekend,


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