Vol. 13   No. 1
JANUARY 8, 2018
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
                             King's Beloved Community

Jonathan Gramling
Publisher & Editor

Contributing Writers
Lisa Peyton-Caire, Sujhey
Beisser, Wayne Strong, Fabu,
Kwame Salter, Heidi Pascual,
Nia Trammell, Nichelle Nichols,
Jamala Rogers, Kipp Thomas,
and Donna Parker

Heidi M. Pascual
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The Rising Tide of Racial
By Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have come to relish and appreciate the King Holiday over the years. Christmas is so commercially hyped
that commercials and holiday music start appearing before Halloween and can drive one insane with the
ultra-materialistic message devoid of the spiritualism behind the original holiday. I do appreciate Christmas,
but it is remembered most for the reuniting with and celebration of family. It feels so good to get together,
especially as my loved ones and I enter the “golden years” of our lives. Those moments are so very precious
and I am so blessed that everyone is still around to celebrate!

And so the King Holiday has taken on a more spiritual significance for me. And I feel fortunate to produce this
King Holiday edition because I get “paid” to reflect on the significance of the holiday, read some of Dr. King’s
more obscure works or speeches and interview people about the holiday. It is a wonderful time for reflection
for me, to figure out where my commitment to civil and human rights stands. I have to admit that it is stronger
some years more than others. And the King Holiday usually serves to bring it all back into perspective and
strengthen it.

And I have to remember that I have been blessed to see Dr. King’s beloved community and not just believe
in it. Due to the contours of my life, the chance meetings, the foolish endeavors at times like hitchhiking
cross country by myself, placing myself in sometimes uncomfortable situations and just the quirkiness of life
— not to speak of the beautiful relationships and people who have entered my life through the years — I have
met people from across the world and then back again. Sometimes it has been professional situations and
sometimes personal situations.

And when I think about it, my Madison experience is my own. I would say that about 90-95 percent of the
people with whom I engage with on a daily basis is people from communities of color and diverse faith
communities. I don’t live in a version of Madison that looks like me and that is wonderful.

And then I might have the occasion to go to the mall or some community wide festival like La Fete de
Marquette and realize that the large majority of people who reside in Madison are Euro-American and I
wonder where they came from. It is truly a different view that has allowed me to personally appreciate
everyone and often times run from diverse venue to diverse venue without hardly noting the change because
that is my world.

And I needed to become a Doubting Thomas, needing to place my hands in the wounds of humanity because
there is a side of me that is naïve and gullible and easily persuaded. And so I was greatly afraid that if I only
believed in diversity and equity, that I would be easily persuaded by the next shyster who comes along like
Donald Trump or some folks on the far left who used the race card to control its members. And both the right
and the left were able to do that because our society is so, so segregated and our knowledge of people
different than ourselves is so dependent on the easily manipulated and changeable images of our mass

And I set out to find the truth, spurred on by the writings of Dr. King back in the early 1970s. And that truth is
that Dr. King’s Beloved Community, a community of diversity, equity and equality is real and not a belief, not a
figment of someone’s imagination.

In my journeys, most recently as the publisher & editor of The Capital City Hues, I have met so many good and
earnest people from just about every community imaginable including my late father who was a conservative
Republican who cared for people. All of these “isms” that our nation and world are wrought with today are the
illusions, the falsehoods, fed to us to manipulate us for someone’s political or economic gain.

Dr. King’s Beloved Community is real. Let’s celebrate it!
King Coalition leads King Holiday Celebrations of
Dane County & the City of Madison (In Photo:
Co-Chairs Gloria Hawkins & Ed Lee)