“We can create the #BelovedCommunity. It’s not an utopia, but is realistic and achievable, a society of justice and love. It’s not conflict-free, but shuns acquiescence to violence.” – Dr. Bernice A. King
For Dr. King, The Beloved Community was not a lofty utopian goal to be confused with the rapturous image of the Peaceable Kingdom, in which lions and lambs coexist in idyllic harmony. Rather, The Beloved Community was for him a realistic, achievable goal that could be attained by a critical mass of people committed to and trained in the philosophy and methods of nonviolence.
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 (Source: The King Center).
Within the last decade our nation and world has experienced set backs in the journey towards true unity and equality. Yet, our mission stands sure and our resolve unwavering: to build bridges of friendship, to speak out against injustice, and work to expand the reality of the Beloved community in the hearts of Alaskans.