The Beloved Community

Desegregation is only a partial, though necessary, step toward the ultimate goal which we seek to realize. Desegregation will break down legal barriers, and bring men together physically. But something must happen so as to touch the hearts and souls of men that they will come together, not because the law says it, but because it is natural and right. In other words, our ultimate goal is integration which is genuine intergroup and interpersonal living.

Only through nonviolence can this goal be attained, for the aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of the beloved community.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1958

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.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., July 13, 1966

The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., December 3, 1956

(From the City Year Founding Story, The Beloved Community. Read all our founding stories here:

Monday was our corps members’ first day in schools. They are participating in professional development with the teachers they will be working with. As they break into their flagship teams and begin to explore their schools and communities, they will discover a wealth of resources they might never have thought would be available! We asked them to share some of the discoveries and surprises they’ve found as they begin building a “beloved community.”

“My flagship team is serving at Cardozo Senior High School. I discovered that our school is named after Frances L. Cardozo, who was the first African-American to hold statewide office in the United States. Cardozo is located in the Shaw neighborhood and it is also near the U Street Corridor, which is also home of Howard University, the Lincoln Theater, Ben’s Chili Bowl and the African American Civil War Memorial. Our school is surrounding by DC history and culture, which makes it a “beloved community” asset.”
-Uche Offor, Corps Member

“I was impressed by the extremely positive response we received from the school.”
-Annie Bateman, Corps Member from Washington, DC

“The best surprise so far at Stanton was the sea of warm smiles from the faces of Stanton’s teaching staff. It’s thrilling to know that they are as excited to work with us as we are to work with them.”
-Charles Girard, Corps Member

“What surprised me the most about Stanton Elementary is the strong sense of community that exists among the teachers here. They serve as an incredible support group for both the students and each other. I have no doubt that they will be a valuable resource throughout the year.”
-Adam Hiatt, Corps Member

“The schools is very organized and Principal Clemmons is very on top of things. This is going to be a good year!”
-Cliff Johnson, Corps Member from Prince George’s County, MD

“The school is so bright and colorful. I was excited to see all the decorations!”
-Taneesha Dent, Corps Member from Washington, DC

“The surprise that I have found while venturing into the community is the welcome from the Stanton family. They have embraced us with so much passion and generosity.”
-Ricardo Maisonneuve, Corps Member

“Surprises I have found at Stanton are the wobble, how popular football is here, and the faculty and staff are more welcoming and enthusiastic than I could have ever imagined.”
-Laurence Moses, Corps Member

“The entire staff at Stanton is incredibly supportive and knowledgeable. It’s nice to know that any question I may have can be answered right down the hall.”
-Hannah Murphy, Corps Member

“After only one full day at Stanton Elementary, I have found that the teachers and staff are so invested in the students and community.”
-Abby Rosenberg, Corps Member


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