Carnegie Mellon University

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Statement From the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards honors the power of the written and spoken word. But no words can help George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, or the countless other Black Americans who have died as the result of racist violence throughout our country’s history; and words that are not coupled with action cannot bend the arc of history towards justice, or console us in our mourning. 

Whether in Minneapolis or here in Pittsburgh, in Louisville or in Brunswick, GA, the killings of Black men and women demand that we act to put an end, once and for all, to the inherent racism within the very institutions that are supposed to serve and protect us as citizens.  What we owe to those who have died at the hands of police officers or self-appointed white vigilantes, and what we owe to our society if we can continue to call it a democracy, is a firm stand against police violence, white supremacy, and all forms of racism. We support all those who risk their lives to peacefully protest and organize against these injustices.  

For us, as educators, action starts with writing, learning and teaching. Our English Department is offering a list of resources for engaging in action.