Like all of you, we are angry, saddened, and frustrated about the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, and the violent and unlawful attacks on protestors and the hateful racist rhetoric that has engulfed our nation in the wake of these events. Coming on top of the COVID-19 crisis, which has also disproportionately affected minorities, these events have been devastating to the Black community. Black Lives Matter.

Our Dean, Anne Curzan, has posted a statement on this subject on the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts website, "We Stand Together: Black Lives Matter."

In this, Anne addresses very eloquently the grief, anger and frustration that we are feeling. But she also outlines concrete steps that the College and the University of Michigan are taking to address the immediate crisis, as well as the much larger systemic issues of racism and injustice in our society. The Kelsey Museum is working with partners across campus to be a part of the university's effort.