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UM serves as beacon

The University of Mississippi is firm in its resolve to be a place that is safe and supportive.

These are the words of Ole Miss Chancellor Jeff Vitter, sent in a widely distributed message to alumni, students and friends in response to the recent rash of killings in the nation and around the world, including Nice, France and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Vitter and the university have planned a gathering this Thursday at 6 p.m. outside the Paris-Yates Chapel as a time of reflection and unity.

We applaud Chancellor Vitter and the university for taking such a proactive stance, making known to all that Ole Miss stands as a supportive and educational haven for all people.

Civil dialogue, not civil unrest, is the best path to healing and progress, and the university can serve as a key part of this journey. Education, after all, is one of the best weapons in the fight against racism.

Thank you Chancellor Vitter, and Ole Miss, for serving as a beacon of light in our nation’s time of turmoil. As a leader in our state and in our community, the university can indeed help lead positive dialogue and meaningful change.