Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community
Beloved Community was the radical idea that became MLK’s transformative practice:
“There are certain things we can say about this method that seeks justice without violence. It does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent but to win his friendship and understanding. I think that this is one of the points, one of the basic points, one of the basic distinguishing points between violence and non-violence. The ultimate end of violence is to defeat the opponent. The ultimate end of non-violence is to win the friendship of the opponent… The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption… The aftermath of non-violence is the creation of the beloved community; the aftermath of non-violence is redemption and reconciliation. This is a method that seeks to transform and to redeem, and win friendship… and make it possible for people to live together in a community, and not continually live with bitterness and friction.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
MLK “Justice Without Violence,” April 3, 1957