Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. By Nobel Foundation (http://nobelprize.org/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The legacy of Martin Luther King and one of MSU's core values, inclusion

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

– Martin Luther King, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, Dec. 10, 1964


As we pause to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, it is essential that all of us at MSU renew our commitment to the ideals to which he dedicated his life. Dr. King’s words remind us that we can each do our part to Build Inclusive Communities at MSU, and to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff feel truly welcome – whether they are from Haiti or Houston, Africa or Atlanta, Dubai or Detroit.


We can celebrate Dr. King’s life by participating in upcoming events and programs, including MLK day events, throughout the semester. Together, we can make a difference – on campus, and in the world.


Feedback and suggestions, especially from the MSU community, welcome: email sekhar@msu.edu.

R. Sekhar Chivukula is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Michigan State University.