Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/Celebration of the Beloved Community
January 17, 2023
On this day, we remember and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose leadership contributed to the overall success of the civil rights movement in the mid-1900s and continues to impact civil rights movements in the present. “The Beloved Community” is a term that was first coined in the early days of the 20th Century by the philosopher-theologian Josiah Royce, who founded the Fellowship of Reconciliation. However, it was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, who popularized the term and invested it with a deeper meaning which has captured the imagination of people of goodwill all over the world. 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. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict.