The tragic circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and other recent tragedies, remind us in a very painful way that the dream of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, is not a reality for many members of our society.
We write in support of our students, many of whom are now the great grandchildren of those who worked for civil rights in the 1960s and yet continue to experience injustice and discrimination in their young lives.
"What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God."
As an institution committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ, we are called to follow the Great Commandment of loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. We are reminded that all people are children of God.
We must not accept indifference or apathy but must confront discrimination, ignorance and injustice to bring about a better society for every person.
And in doing so continually heed the words of Micah 6:8, "What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God."
Most importantly, we ask members of the university community to continue to pray for the families of those affected by these tragedies and for God’s justice, humility and grace to be at work in the hearts of the people of this country and this world.