FSC President Shares 'Urgent Need' for Social Justice After George Floyd Death

Jun 1, 2020

by Dr. Anne B. Kerr

A message to our Florida Southern community from President Anne Kerr

June 1, 2020

The death of George Floyd laid bare the urgent need for our nation to address social injustice more effectively. Each of us can make a difference as we pursue individual responsibility for promoting values of social justice, equality, and peace. As we individually chart the course of our thinking and positive actions, we will then collectively as a community work together to be a beacon of social justice and promoters of peace and understanding.

Florida Southern College is a community that embraces the tenets of social justice, inclusivity, respect for all persons, civility, and peaceful interactions. This is clearly stated in our Cornerstone. The values shared in our Cornerstone are not just words, but rather they are treasured values that are infused into the rhythm of our hearts.

I pray for our campus community daily, and I invite you to join me in prayers for peace, understanding, and positive change to abound in our nation. I hope you will take some comfort and inspiration from the words from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. more than 50 years ago: “Let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Anne Kerr, Ph.D. ​