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January 17, 2023

Dear members of the Tufts community,

I write today to invite you to attend Tufts University’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration on Monday, January 30, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Breed Memorial Hall, where we will together lift up Rev. Dr. King’s living legacy as a human and civil rights leader and prophetic voice for justice and beloved community. This year’s theme, “We Don’t Have Much Time”: Raising Consciousness and Building the Future Now, is inspired by an excerpt from King’s book The Trumpet of Conscience: “But we do not have much time. The revolutionary spirit is already world-wide. If the anger of the peoples of the world at the injustices of things is to be channeled into a revolution of love and creativity, we must begin now to work, urgently, with all peoples to shape a new world.”

I am pleased to welcome Dr. Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, Director of Africana Studies, Dean’s Professor of Culture and Social Justice, and Professor of Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University and author of the 2021 book Martin Luther King and the Trumpet of Conscience Today, as our keynote speaker. The Day of Celebration, which includes dinner, will also include performances by Tufts’ a cappella groups S-Factor and Ladies of Essence as well as the announcement of the Student Voices Award.

For more information about this event and additional campus programming engaging Dr. King’s legacy, please visit the University Chaplaincy website.

I look forward to the opportunity to celebrate King’s writings and legacy and to recommit ourselves to King’s transformational – and unfinished – work of anti-racism, economic justice, and global peace. I hope that you will join me on January 30th for this meaningful celebration.

Please register to attend here.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco