Happy 200th birthday, Missouri!

A photo of President Mun Y. Choi speaking at the Together for '21 Fest kick-off event, August 5, 2021.
President Mun Y. Choi speaking at the Together for ’21 Fest kick-off event, Aug. 5, 2021.

Granted statehood in 1821, Missouri celebrates its bicentennial this year. Communities and organizations across the state have spent years planning this remarkable and comprehensive commemoration of our state’s history, its impact and its future.

Last night, I had the privilege to help kick-off Together for ’21 Fest at the new and beautiful State Historical Society of Missouri. I joined other statewide leaders — including Governor Mike Parson, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin and former Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer — to reflect on our state’s legacy and shared purpose as Missourians.

Over the last 200 years, Missouri has overcome many challenges and risen to become a hub of exploration, transportation, invention, economic growth and artistic creation. I am deeply proud to be a Missourian, and proud that the University of Missouri (itself established in 1839) has become a common place where all Missourians from every background can come together to learn, discover and succeed.

If you have the chance, I encourage you to participate in the statewide festivities. As Tigers, we are all part of this incredible legacy. But most importantly, we are charting a future of excellence through our education, scholarship and engagement that will make Missouri’s next 200 years even more impactful.

— Mun