Are You On for MLK?

"It's a day on, not a day off."

That is the mantra of many Tulane students as we approach the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a national holiday set aside to honor the contributions of a man who reshaped our country and world in fundamental ways.

Dr. King's dream continues to inspire all to seek the equality and justice to which he dedicated, and ultimately sacrificed, his life. Tulane students will honor Dr. King’s legacy on Jan. 21 by joining their peers from Dillard University, Loyola University and the University of New Orleans for a Day of Service at nonprofits throughout New Orleans.

If you didn't register for the Day of Service, there are other special events at Tulane that are all part of the annual MLK "Week for Peace." First, we will welcome Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell as the NewDay Distinguished Speaker at the MLK Week 4 Peace Convocation from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 23 in McAlister Auditorium. The "Week for Peace" will also culminate at McAlister with "Eye on the Prize," a talk by Rev. Dr. William Barber of the People's Campaign from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 30.

Leaders and students from the New Orleans universities and colleges will be present for these and other "Week for Peace" events. It is quite fitting that the city's academic community joins together to honor Dr. King. He knew and preached that education is one of the main gateways to equality and necessary to ensure that "the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice." He also knew, like many of our students, that the pursuit of justice and equality never takes a day off.