To the Virginia Tech community,

Every January we have the opportunity to reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we prepare to begin a new year. 2019 will be a landmark year for our university, bringing growth and exciting new challenges. It has never been more important for us to consider the foundational value of inclusion and diversity in our vision for the future.

This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Virginia Tech includes many opportunities for engagement and conversation, beginning with tomorrow’s discussion of Dr. King’s message beyond the “sound bite” with Yolanda Avent and Dr. Ellington Graves, and wrapping up with the keynote presentation by Emmy-winning journalist Jemele Hill and Olympic Gold Medalist Dr. Tommie C. Smith.

You can learn more about the events of the week from our Cultural and Community Centers at I want to thank the members of the MLK Committee for their work in developing this year’s outstanding program. I urge each one of you to take time to honor Dr. King’s legacy, participate in these events, and personally consider your role in advancing InclusiveVT as the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence at Virginia Tech.

Tim Sands,

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