The following correspondence was sent to the students and employees of College of the Ozarks on June 3, 2020 from Jerry Davis, the President of College of the Ozarks.
Dear members of the campus family,
Our hearts are heavy as we see the turmoil, violence, and racial injustice happening in our country right now.
As Christians we believe that racism is an affront to the value of individuals created in God’s image and to the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human life. This denial of personhood and belonging runs contrary to the peace and unity that God intended in the beginning and the Bible depicts as our destiny.
We want all our students and employees to know they are loved, no matter their skin color, no matter their nationality. We are one in Christ. Please join us in praying for this country that we will be emboldened by the Holy Spirit to stand for what is right and good. The world will know we are Christians by our love for one another: “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another” (John 13:35).
Jerry C. Davis
College of the Ozarks