Host or attend a Civic Dinner and help build the #belovedcommunity.
The Beloved Community, as Dr. Martin Luther King described over half a century ago, is a vision of society free of poverty, bigotry, racism, violence — discrimination of any kind. It is a vision built on pillars of love, equality, and justice. Although much progress has been made, we still stand far from this dream.
In recent times, hatred, fear, and divisions have cast a shadow over our communities. In an age when digital communication is increasingly substituting face-to-face interaction, we find ourselves feeling like strangers in our own neighborhoods. We need to deepen our connection to one another, particularly those with whom we share space, and discover common ground and ways we can support one another. It is critical, now more than ever, to keep MLK’s dream for our country alive. But how?
Starting this MLK Day, January 16th 2017, thousands of Americans across the country will invite their neighbors—friends and strangers alike—to have Civic Dinners. These are dinners where people come together to share personal stories and visions for the beloved community. After 100 days of dinners, we will produce a report that reflects back this shared vision and 101 ideas for what citizens can do at various levels of civic life—locally and nationally, in our work places, faith communities, and beyond—to create the beloved community.