University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., released the following letter to the UC community today (Feb. 1) regarding Black History Month:
To the University of California community:
For more than 100 years, Black History Month has provided an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the contributions of Black Americans to our state, our nation and the world.
This month, I encourage everyone at the University of California to take part in celebrations and educational events associated with Black History Month on your campus and in your community, including conversations about the complex history of race and inequality in our country.
I invite you to join me in exploring the work of Black writers, artists, musicians and thinkers whose voices have challenged and enriched our understanding of equality, justice and freedom. As journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones writes, “No one cherishes freedom more than those who have not had it.”
This month is also a good time to think about how you can engage with Black-led organizations where you live. By nurturing connections, we can deepen our understanding of each other and build on the progress we’ve made toward a more just and inclusive world.
Our shared commitment to learning, growing and creating a better future gives me hope. Thank you for your thoughtful partnership as we celebrate the contributions and achievements of Black Americans this month.
Michael V. Drake, M.D.
President, University of California