As we mark the 35th anniversary of the federal observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we reflect on Dr. King’s vision of “the Beloved Community” — a community that includes diversity and allows for tension undergirded by love and leads to transformation. As we turn the page on 2020 — a year that compelled us to wrestle with the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and a legacy of systemic racism — how will we move forward to build that Beloved Community?
On Jan. 22 at 12 p.m. EST, Habitat for Humanity will host +You: Building the Beloved Community, a virtual discussion about the opportunities before us and the challenges we must still overcome. Particular focus will be given to the role that safe, decent and affordable housing plays in the Beloved Community, and how organizations like Habitat can orient their work through an equity lens. Participants will also discuss the prospects for change following the inauguration of the Biden-Harris Administration.
Participants will include:
• Thomas Wilson Mitchell, Law professor at Texas A&M University and 2020 MacArthur Fellow
• Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International
• Natosha Reid Rice, Global diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Habitat for Humanity International
This event builds on a conversation Habitat held in June, +You: How historic housing discrimination against Black Americans contributes to racial inequities today. In that discussion, featuring Color of Law author Richard Rothstein, the panel discussed how discriminatory housing practices such as redlining created multi-generational wealth gaps between white Americans, Black Americans and other communities of color. Review that conversation at www.habitat.ngo/raceandhousing
This event is part of an ongoing series about housing hosted by Habitat for Humanity. The +You series brings together experts from across the U.S. and around the world to discuss how housing intersects and interacts with other areas of societal concern including public health, racial equity, faith and the economy.