In Service of Our Beloved Community

January 13, 2022

By Maya Smith

On Monday, we will celebrate the life, bravery, and unending kindness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This day always makes me reflect on what it means to be a member of and contribute to the Beloved Community, where love prevails and injustice ceases. As we enter year three of a global pandemic that has deepened harmful, dangerous inequity, it is so important we remember the power of our individual and collective kindness to change the world for the better. 

Here are a few ways you can channel kindness this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

  • Learn more about the Beloved Community, participate in a nonviolence virtual training, and find more service project ideas from The King Center.
  • Visit Channel Kindness Now for suggestions for how to virtually channel kindness toward yourself, your loved ones, and your community. Please share your story (and kind acts) with us here as well. They all matter. 
  • Find (safe) in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities from AmeriCorps
  • Review this list of anti-racism resources. I have two young children and the books we read, the conversations we start, and the lessons we learn together are so important in this work.
  • Tune in to The Power Of Unlearning, a conversation between our co-founder Lady Gaga and Dr. Bernice A. King, about unlearning as a pathway to individual and cultural transformation. 

While you put your kindness into action in service of the world around you, I hope you turn that kindness inward as well. I recently wrote about the importance of reminding myself to take stock of what I have taken for granted, what I have lost, and what I have cherished the last two years. I am proud of myself for continuing on through it all, and I am proud of you for forging ahead in kindness. 

You are loved, you matter, and your kindness is needed in this world.