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Our Daily Work: Celebrate Black History Throughout Year

In an op-ed for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, President Eric F. Spina wrote remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Black history and civil rights shouldn’t be just a middle of January, month of February or April 4 thing, we should recognize, commemorate and celebrate Black history daily.

The piece, which Diverse: Issues in Higher Education featured prominently on its home page March 4-5, also linked to a video with Spina, art history professor Roger Crum and Herbert Woodward Martin, a nationally known poet and University of Dayton English professor emeritus, at the monument discussing the genesis of the monument, the inspiration for its features, the reason for its location and how it advances the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and the common good. 

"On our campus sits a monument to the daily work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and King’s address on our campus in 1964," Spina wrote. "Allow me to stress that again – a monument to King’s daily work.

"This monument on our campus — 'Our Daily Quest' — has inspired me since I arrived on campus such that I make it the starting point when I give campus tours. I can see the monument when I look out my office window, and every day it reminds me of the daily work we must all do to become a more diverse and inclusive community on campus and beyond."

Read Spina's entire op-ed and watch the conversation about the monument through the related links.


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