As an organization devoted to revitalizing and supporting our community, we rely on the expert guidance, participation and support of those who live and work in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District. To ensure that the voices of our community members are heard, we created the HDDC’s Community Engagement Committee. This resident led, volunteer initiative advises the HDDC on community activities and works to build understanding, acceptance and integration among such a diverse community.
The committee seeks to promote and implement Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of The Beloved Community, where individuals look past perceived differences in race, income and tenure to integrate under the commonalities and interdependence they share as human beings.
In a sermon entitled “Being a Good Neighbor,” Dr. King noted that, “The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.” The Community Engagement Committee engenders this spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood that results in genuine inter-group and inter-personal living based on compassion and altruism.
As Dr. King concluded in the same sermon, “We cannot survive spiritually separated in a world that is geographically together.”