By Dianne Guerrier – 23 years old, from Orlando, FL serving on The Timberland Team at McDonough Elementary School.
“Desegregation is only a partial, though necessary, step toward the ultimate goal which we seek to realize. Desegregation will break down legal barriers, and bring men together physically. But something must happen so as to touch the hearts and souls of men that they will come together, not because the law says it, but because it is natural and right. In other words, our ultimate goal is integration which is genuine intergroup and interpersonal living. Only through nonviolence can this goal be attained, for the aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of the beloved community.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963
On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that we are living in many ways today. He had a dream that one day, every citizen of these United States would be able to live out the creed that all men are created equal. Since the tumultuous 1960s, we, as a nation, have broken free from the strongholds of racism and segregation and have moved forward towards change. Through the creation of organizations such as City Year, many individuals have the opportunity to experience a piece of what Dr. King referred to as the Beloved Community.
City Year, as a whole is consistently dedicated to the creation of Dr. King’s vision of the “beloved community.” In short, this community is one in which people of diverse backgrounds acknowledge that we are all connected and that our individual well-being is indivisibly linked to the well-being of others. In other words, my humanity is tied to yours.
On Monday, January 21st, CYNH will join NH AmeriCorps programs and Vista’s in the state for a morning program at St.Anselm’s College followed by a food drive collection in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. From our service, we hope to collect four thousands pounds of non-perishable food benefiting the New Hampshire food bank. City Year corps members will then participate in the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration at St.George’s Greek Orthodox Church recognizing young artists for their entries in the Martin Luther King Writing Contest and the presentation of the Martin Luther King Award honoring The New Hampshire Sisters of Mercy.