Rep. Amy Loudenbeck Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Inspired by King’s Vision for Beloved Community
Madison, WI…Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) attended the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Breakfast hosted by the Beloit Community Ministers' Fellowship, an inspirational celebration of the historic accomplishments and leadership of the late Dr. King.
Rep. Loudenbeck issued the following statement on the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
“Dr. King once said, “Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”
In the book Search for the Beloved Community: The Thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr. the authors concluded that, “In speaking about the possibility of actualizing the Beloved Community in history, King attempted to avoid what he called "a superficial optimism" upon the one hand, and "a crippling pessimism" on the other. He knew that the solution of social problems is a slow process. At the same time, he was confident that, through God’s help and human effort, social progress could be made.”
With continued community involvement, it is my sincere hope that Beloit and all of Wisconsin will continue on the path of social progress, and that we can all be inspired today and every day by the Beloved Community in Dr. King’s vision.”
Dr. Kenneth L. Smith and Dr. Ira G. Zepp, Jr., Search for the Beloved Community; The Thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1974) pp.361-363.