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1956
The 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 of that objective is a truly brotherly society, the creation of the beloved community" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

While utopian ideals have and continue to inspire many, some have argued that envisioning a more practical reality creates a tangible and achievable goal that will make it easier to inspire people to action to create that reality. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had this in mind when he promoted the ideal but very real goal of creating 'the beloved community.' Dr. King envisioned the Beloved Community as a global community of brotherhood and sisterhood, where all are included and treat each other without bigotry, discrimination or racism. All people will be seen as equals, and will share in the abundance of the earth, so that there will be no hunger, poverty or homelessness. Everyone will be educated with the tools and resources to work out personal conflicts through peaceful conflict resolution, and nations will resolve international disputes through the same nonviolent means, instead of engaging in military conflicts. Dr. King believed that all conflicts can be resolved without violence, and that through reconciliation, adversaries can learn to cooperate together in a spirit of friendship and goodwill.

Dr. King began promoting the concept of 'the beloved community' in 1956, but the term was first coined in the early 1900s by Joisiah Royce, a philosopher and theologian who founded the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Dr. King, also a member of this organization, popularized the phrase and developed it more fully, so that today it is embraced at the very heart of many organizations, including The King Center, as well as by many diverse faith-based groups and churches.


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MILESTONES

c.380 BC
"Republic"

1215
Magna Carta

1516
"Utopia"

1528
"On Civil Power"

1625
"On The Law
of War and Peace"

1648
Peace of Westphalia

1650-1799
Enlightenment

1689
"Two Treatises of Government"

1762
"Social Contract"

July 4, 1776
US Declaration of Independence

September 17, 1787
US Constitution

August 26, 1789
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

September 25, 1789
US Bill of Rights

1793
Department of Peace

1795
"Perpetual Peace"

May 18, 1899
Hague Peace Conference

1901
Nobel Peace Prize

January 8, 1918
14 Points

June 28, 1919
League of Nations

1933
The New Deal

January 6, 1941
The Four Freedoms

October 24, 1945
The United Nations

August, 1947
World Federalist Movement

December 10, 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1955
"Let There Be
Peace On Earth"

1956
The Beloved Community

1960-1963
The New Frontier

1963-1969
The Great Society

1970
Earth Day

October 11, 1971
"Imagine"

1981
International Day of Peace

1985
77 Theses on the Care of the Earth

1988
Global Cooperation for a Better World

1991
Earth Constitution

1992
UNESCO
Culture of Peace Programme

1992
"4000 Ideas & Dreams for a Better World"

1995
Earth Magna Charta

1995
"When Corporations Rule The World"

1996
"Peace On Earth Millennium"

1997
Appeal of the Nobel Laureates

1998
"Conscious Evolution"

May 11-15, 1999
Hague Appeal for Peace

January 1, 2000
One Day In Peace

June 29, 2000
The Earth Charter

September, 2000
Millennium Development Goals

January 25-30, 2001
World Social Forum

October, 2001
"Better World Handbook"

2005
Clinton Global Initiative

July 18, 2007
The Elders

September 17, 2011
Occupy Wall Street