As early as 1956, Dr. King spoke of The Beloved Community as the end goal of nonviolent boycotts. As he said in a speech at a victory rally following the announce- ment of a favorable U.S. Supreme Court Decision desegregating the seats on Montgomery’s busses, “the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of The Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.” Read more.
5 things that you can do to become a beloved community...
- Never “other” someone
- Practice agape love whenever you can
- Disagree harmoniously often
- Dialogue frequently
- Serve together
by Sheryl R. Wilson, Director of Kansas Institute fro Peace and Conflict Resolution