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Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Image of God$
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Richard W. Wills

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195308990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308990.001.0001

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Beloved Community

Beloved Community

(p.139) 6 Beloved Community
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Image of God

Richard Wayne Wills Sr

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers how King combined the influence of the black church’s optimism in God with aspects of liberalism’s influential optimism in the human experience so as to reimagine beloved community. Chapter 6, therefore, considers the ways in which King contemplated beloved community as the movement’s goal, and the methodologies he thought necessary to successfully achieve it as a growing reality. While legislation and desegregation were considered short-term gains, King imagined a day in which society would experience true integration based upon its mutual regard for all humanity. As such, this chapter details King’s concept of beloved community and provides insights as to how he had hoped to implement it.

Keywords:   beloved community, reimagine, society, integration, desegregation, legislation, mutual regard

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