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Beloved Community: Civil Rights to Human Rights

A Collaboration between the City of Shaker Heights, the Shaker Heights Schools, the Shaker Library, the Shaker Heights PTO and the Shaker Schools Foundation celebrating and commemorating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Dr. King’s conception of the “Beloved Community” is an oft used reference by individuals and organizations who aspire to create a more just and equitable society. What did Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community entail? What did the realization of such a community require of its members to achieve and sustain?

We invite members of the Shaker Heights community to participate in a process of examining the evolution of Dr. King’s vision during the last ten years of his life as he struggled to achieve civil and human rights for all people and how his work connected to and influenced the global pursuit for civil rights, specifically in South Africa.

The Shaker Heights Schools, the City of Shaker Heights and the Shaker Heights Library invite community members to participate in the following events:
  • Sunday, January 14, from 3-5 p.m.: Donna Whyte, host of the "Witness to History" series of recorded interviews with Shaker residents, will host a live discussion with residents who lived during Dr. King's visit to Shaker Heights in 1965. Join us at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building.

  • Tuesday, January 16, from 5-8 p.m.: Human Library, a storytelling event for ages 18 and up, will feature real people becoming "books" and sharing their stories. Attendees may "borrow" these human books for conversations. Join us at the Main Shaker Heights Public Library. 

  • Monday, January 29, at 7 p.m.: Reverend Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and herself a well known speaker and advocate for justice, presents an engaging discussion on the theme of our MLK Day celebration: Beloved Community: Civil Rights to Human Rights. Artwork created by teens at the Shaker Heights Public Library will be on display, as well as the inclusion of student performances. Join us in the Shaker Heights High School large auditorium. Reserve your FREE ticket to this great event here!