The Beloved CommuniTy: A ConversATion wiTh Bell hooks _ george brosi: I thought it might be constructive for us to talk about the concept of the beloved community. In our last conversation it seemed like we were lightly dancing around that concept because we talked about the topics that you have dealt with in your writing. Love has been a huge dimension of your work and also liberation. It seems that, in a lot of ways, the beloved community is a concept that has come out of struggles for liberation in an attempt to express how the process of liberation can be infused with love. This concept assumes a group effort to change social institutions and an effort to make the means of that struggle consistent with the ends. The beloved community defines the relationships among those working for change and also the desired result of these efforts. In other words, those of us working for instituional change endeaver to become a beloved community among ourselves as we are striving for all of society to exemplify the beloved community. bell hooks: Martin Luther King was my teacher for understanding the importance of beloved community. He had a profound
Appalachian Review – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Nov 9, 2012
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