MLK Celebration
Thursday, January 12 – 7pm
Calvary Baptist Church
37 Broad Street – Providence

Join us for a time to celebrate the life and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King. We will focus on King’s six principles of nonviolence and the Beloved Community. Six youth and adults will give a short reflection on each of the principles interspersed with music presentations. Sponsored in partnership with over a dozen organizations dedicated to racial reconciliation.

  • PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
    • It is active nonviolent resistance to evil. It is aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
  • PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
    • The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation; its is the creation of the Beloved Community.
  • PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
    • It recognizes that evildoers are also victims and are not evil people. The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.
  • PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
    • Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation. Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.
  • PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
    • It resists violence of the spirit as well as the body. Nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative.
  • PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
    • The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win; they believe that God is a God of justice.

“Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict.”  (http://www.thekingcenter.org/king-philosophy)