Mission Statement

How Long Must We Wait: Striving For The Beloved Community

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. There is no time for apathy or complacency.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., March 25, 1965

What are the ways in which we should commit ourselves to the noble struggle for equality and justice? What obligations do we have to our community and each other? How do we engage in the urgent work to address the endemic and persistent inequities? How can Duke, with its own difficult and complex history, be an active partner in this endeavor?

“This has taken my father’s time, my mother’s time, my uncle’s time, my brothers’, and my sisters’ time. How much time do you want for your progress?”

– James Baldwin, “The Price of a Ticket”