Beloved Community

by VanessaVaile

ICYMI ~ see also Precarious Faculty post on Grace Lee Boggs and her interview with Bill Moyers. she talks about MLK’s “Beloved Community” and Detroit Beloved Community Projects. More good advice for adjuncts there too ~ and a reminder of the NAWD message that “we are the leaders we’ve been looking for.”

Be Freedom

Fourth in a series of posts on MLK.

The Beloved Community

“But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community.”[1]

The beloved community may seem a distant utopia but it was a rhetorical strategy of enormous and immediate use. The beloved community evoked a world based on community values of mutual aid and cooperation, the recognition of interdependence, shared responsibility and respect freely given.

This community would aim to achieve economic and social justice. Big love and non-violence would be the means to address conflict. The political appeal of the civil rights movement was greatly magnified by adopting rhetorical strategies that prefigured the wanted world. Unending criticism, even resistance and opposition to war, racism or the corporate power will only get us so far. We can look at the thousands of experiments in community building — in Detroit and around the…

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