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Letter of support to Somali students from CLA's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President's Emerging Scholars Programs

Thursday, October 19, 2017

To our Somali students, families and friends,

We, the staff of the College of Liberal Arts Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the President’s Emerging Scholars Programs, send our deepest condolences.  No country should have to experience the tragedy of a terrorist attack nor should families be left with the chasm of sorrow and grief such acts create.  We send our thoughts and prayers to you and, particularly, to the people of Mogadishu. Please know that millions of Americans stand with you in the face of this horrendous act. 

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” In these instances, we must remember that tragedy has no nationality, no race, no religion; it touches us all, regardless of attempts to find cause or to label an “us” or a “them.”  We must remember to remain steadfast in our commitment to be there for each other and to demonstrate the strength, goodwill and resilience that transforms our “dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”

Please do not hesitate to connect with our office if you need support or counsel in these difficult days.  Again, you have our deepest sympathy.

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil,a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arcof the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Alexander Hines and the staff of CLA's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President's Emerging Scholars Programs

 

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