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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. through service and action

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Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea L. Poore delivers her first State of Diversity Address at West Virginia University on Sept. 16, 2019. (WVUPhoto/Brian Persinger)

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West Virginia University Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea L. Poore encourages West Virginians to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a call to action to create and strengthen more inclusive communities. Poore is an attorney who has served as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, president of the West Virginia State Bar, as a public defender and as a community organizer prior to leading WVU’s DEI efforts. 


“While it is good to engage in this day of service it is most important to understand the reason behind the work that is needed. Each of us should strive to live a life of service not just to provide a “day.”

The work that Dr. King did during the Civil Rights Movement laid the foundation for the inclusion and diversity work being done today. As a people we should honor Dr. King’s words but move beyond quotes into action.” — Meshea L. Poore, Vice President, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WVU students, faculty and staff will host and participate in a variety MLK Day service projects and events Monday, Jan. 20.

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