January 14, 2011

Good Morning:

Next week, as we have done for the past 25 years, Tulane will join Xavier, Loyola and Dillard universities in celebrating the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through community service, song, dance and unity.

The 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace will also honor civil rights icon Ruby Bridges who, at age 6, became a symbol of the civil rights movement when she integrated William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. I am looking forward to meeting Ruby and to all the events of this special week.

I am so proud that Tulane is a visible participant in our community's annual honoring of Dr. King. While so much progress has been made toward realizing his dream, more work is left to be done. In so many ways Dr. King's message is as important today as it was on that summer day in 1963 when he proclaimed it to the nation.

But even if 47 years seems like a long time to wait for a dream to come true, we should have hope. As Dr. King said in his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech the day before his death: "I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land."

Have a great Week of Peace,


Office of the President Emeritus, 1555 Poydras St, Suite 700, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-274-3638