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Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
In this article, the authors offer a more humanistic vision of educational community, one that is substantive in content yet flexible in its application to the diverse contexts in which American schooling occurs. In doing so, the authors turn specifically to the nonviolent philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and consider what a school community might look like if he were its principal. The authors believe King's conceptualization of the "Beloved Community" provides a cogent theoretical framework through which to re-imagine the creation of safe and inclusive school communities within the public education system. The authors argue that King's ideas about respecting the sacredness of human personality, establishing freedom, and recognizing the solidarity of human family, while admittedly high-minded and utopian, provide a needed moral lens through which to understand not only how one might cultivate safe communities of learning, but also what one should value most within them.