The Beloved Community Links
In honor of Dr. King's 90th birthday celebration on January 15, 2019, the Related Links & Websites tab has been renamed, The Beloved Community Links, and now has an expanded scope.

The Beloved Community, Excerpt From

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. In The Beloved Community, international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict- resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict.

Dr. King’s Beloved Community was not devoid of interpersonal, group or international conflict. Instead he recognized that conflict was an inevitable part of the human experience. But he believed that conflicts could be resolved peacefully and adversaries could be reconciled through a mutual, determined commitment to nonviolence. No conflict, he believed, need erupt in violence. And all conflicts in The Beloved Community should end with reconciliation of adversaries cooperating together in a spirit of friendship and goodwill.

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 announcement 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.”

An ardent student of the teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Dr. King was much impressed with the Mahatma’s befriending of his adversaries, most of whom professed profound admiration for Gandhi’s courage and intellect. Dr. King believed that the age-old tradition of hating one’s opponents was not only immoral, but bad strategy which perpetuated the cycle of revenge and retaliation. Only nonviolence, he believed, had the power to break the cycle of retributive violence and create lasting peace through reconciliation.

MLK Links:
“I Have a Dream”
Nobel Prize
Seattle Times

Museums, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, Local:
Chaldean Cultural Center
Holocaust Memorial Center
Museum of African American History
West Bloomfield Township Public Library (MLK and Diversity Books/e-Books/CDs/DVDs)

National Civil Rights Museum, The King Center and More:
National Civil Rights Museum (at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN)
The King Center, Late Mrs. Coretta Scott King was Founding President, Chair, CEO, Atlanta GA.
Teaching Tolerance

“Poverty, Hunger and Homelessness Will Not Be Tolerated”:
Grace Centers of Hope (Homeless Shelter, Women’s Rehabilitation Program, Vocational Education, Men’s Program, Children’s Program, etc.)
Focus Hope (Food Bank, Vocational Education Training, Volunteer Opportunities)
Forgotten Harvest (Food Bank) (Volunteer Opportunities)
Gleaners (Food Bank) (Volunteer Opportunities)

Worthwhile, Established, MLK Day, Events To Consider in Oakland County, MI:
(West Bloomfield, MI) - MLK Day Events at WBTPL
(Southfield, MI)
(Birmingham, MI)
(Walled Lake, MI) (Facebook Event Updates)