Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man of great stature, once spoke about the creation of a beloved community. A man of great wisdom, King envisioned the birth of a beloved community through the creation of integration, genuine inter-group personal living and non-violence. Several organizations strive to achieve King’s dream of a beloved community. These organizations focus on education, equality and the integration of minorities across the nation. Before examining a local organization striving to achieve King’s dream of a beloved community, one must
determine King’s definitions of a beloved community.
I do not think of political power as an end. Neither do I think of economic power as an end. They are ingredients in the objective that we seek in life. And I think that end or that objective is a truly brotherly society, the creation of the beloved community,” (1996 Interview). In this quote, King explains that political and economic power is the driving forces people tend to strive for. King states that through economic and political empowerment, a beloved community is created. Organizations focusing on education, economic equality and political justice are organizations that strive to achieve the beloved community. An organization that continues to advance toward achieving a beloved community is the Long Beach Community Improvement League.
Established in 1964, the Long Beach
Community Improvement League helps fight poverty in the
The Long Beach Community
Improvement League dreams of a strong and self-sufficient community. This dream includes economic empowerment and
the advancement of the
The Community Improvement League
had had such an impact on the
By Duane Ryan Johns: a “Local Organization Striving To Achieve Dr. Martin Luther King’s, Dream of a Beloved Community with an Ultimate Goal of Integration, January 2007