In keeping with Dr. King’s assertion that people are divided because we are disconnected, on the 2017 King Holiday Observance, The King Center launched, via the Beloved Community Talks (BCT) platform, a two-year campaign, Let’s Bridge the Racial Divide. The campaign will culminate in 2018 during the year of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and 5Oth Anniversary of The King Center. The purpose of the campaign is to provide the roadmap and tools necessary for individuals and communities to have the challenging and difficult, conversations to bridge the racial divide in America by addressing the pains and unrest of racism rooted in a historical context. The goal is for individuals to connect… come together and work to create actionable solutions that bridge the racial divides in America.
The Beloved Community Talks: Let’s Bridge the Racial Divide is the catalyst for the long-term goal to promote understanding, address forgiveness, encourage positive behavior modification activities, and influence equitable change to the national infrastructure. The King Center’s BCT toolkit was developed to guide individuals and groups to have the “courageous conversation.”
Mission and Vision
The Beloved Community Talks (BCT) mission is to create an environment conducive to open, honest, and unapologetic conversations that are civil; bringing people out of their comfort zone to promote understanding and to influence equitable change to the national infrastructure.
We envision that individuals and communities will find commonalities that bring them together in order to work on initiatives in their respective communities. The BCT will provide an environment within communities where people can get to know each other, seeking first to understand and then to be understood.