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.
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