“Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.” – the King Center
“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” – bell hooks
I gave a platform talk in July, 2017, about Beloved Community. That is now almost 4 years ago. At that time, I wrote the words below, excerpted from that talk. With calls for “unity” at the national level, and lots of discussion about what “unity” really means in a nation still divided by race, class, gender, and many more dimensions, it’s appropriate that we revisit the dream of Beloved Community, as our theme for the month.