A Beloved Community in Action

A weeklong celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy building a beloved community where we all feel belonging.  

“Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys. The aftermath of the ‘fight with fire’ method which you suggest is bitterness and chaos, the aftermath of the love method is reconciliation and creation of the beloved community. Physical force can repress, restrain, coerce, destroy, but it cannot create and organize anything permanent; only love can do that. Yes, love—which means understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill, even for one’s enemies—is the solution…”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1957, from “Advice for Living”

To celebrate and commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, the Rowland Hall community engaged in a series of events and conversations to prompt reflection and foster solidarity towards action. Dr. King’s articulation of the “beloved community” emphasizes the necessity of individuals uniting across differences to build a trusting, loving, and better world for all. Our community participated in critical conversations centered on historical and contemporary civil rights struggles, especially those related to the legacy of racism in America. At a time of increasing division, Beloved Community in Action encouraged each of us to recognize our role in working towards realizing Dr. King’s vision of becoming the beloved community through love, understanding, and solidarity. 

Beloved Events

The Beloved Community Project: An Evening of Dialogue

Thursday, January 13, 7–8:30 pm (virtual)

During this community event, audience members had an opportunity to view the Brolly Arts film Beloved Community Project , a 25-minute documentary focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s articulation of the “beloved community” and civil rights leaders in the Salt Lake City area. After the screening, participants engaged in a Q&A with prominent leaders featured in the film.

A special thank you to our guest panelists. Learn more about Reverend France A. Davis, Marian D. Howe-Taylor, Amy MacDonald, and Ursula Perry.

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Beloved@Rowland Hall

Friday, January 14

Middle School and Upper School students had an opportunity to watch the Brolly Arts film Beloved Community Project, experience a dance performance that accompanies the film, reflect on their ideas of a beloved community, and create an artifact that depicts both what they need from one another and how they can contribute towards building a community in which each of them feels valued, integral, and beloved.

A special thank you to the Beloved Community performers who joined us. Learn more about Joseph "jo" Blake, Ursula Perry, Natosha Washington, and The Hip Hop Education and Resource Center (HERC), operated by 1520 Arts.

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Changemaker Chapel

Tuesday, January 18

Lower School students learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a Beloved Community, one where we all expect to feel belonging and can ask for change respectfully. Belonging is being loved in your community, to be beloved. The theme allowed students to express what they need to feel belonging and what they will bring to the community to help others feel beloved. Students continued the tradition of creating an artifact by articulating what makes them feel beloved at Rowland Hall and what they will do to help others feel beloved.

Educational Material

Brolly Arts has provided a wealth of educational material relating to their current project, Black Social Change Utah 2.0. Here, you can watch the film Beloved Community Project, view a study guide full of key terms, concepts, issues, and questions, watch educational modules to hear directly from Black changemakers in our state, and view an extensive list of resource materials.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities in Salt Lake City

Each year, there are a number of opportunities to get involved in activities around Salt Lake to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, Westminster College held a rally and march on January 13, as well as hosted service opportunities on January 14. The University of Utah hosted a number of events, including a rally and march on January 17 from East High School to Kingsbury Hall. If you are interested in future community engagement opportunities, register with the Bennion Center or find volunteer opportunities through the United Way.

Beloved Community Project