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Campus Comes Together to Reaffirm Values

An inscription on the floor of the Lincoln Memorial at the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in August 1963.

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 1, 2016) – The University is committed to promoting a campus community of acceptance and inclusion. In light of this weekend’s events, we are calling upon all members of the campus community to come together in solidarity to reaffirm these values.

This evening, the campus community will convene to confirm our commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus community. A rally will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Campus Center’s small fountain. Student leaders will be creating signs to express their support beginning at 1 p.m. today in the Student Association lounge (Campus Center, west lounge).

Immediately following the rally, we encourage our students, faculty and staff to join us for the University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom on the University’s Uptown Campus. Carlotta Walls LaNier will serve as the keynote speaker.

Walls was the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of Black students who worked to integrate Little Rock High School over the objections of segregationist Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus -- a landmark event of the Civil Rights Movement.

As a University committed to cultivating a campus community that fosters tolerance, constructive dialogue and inclusion, let us take this opportunity to reflect on these ideals and the principles that Dr. King exemplified.

To learn more about this evening’s MLK event and UAlbany’s planned African American History Month events, please visit

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