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.
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.
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.