The Community Engagement Committee is a resident volunteer initiative that advises HDDC on community activities and
works to build understanding, acceptance and genuine integration among the diverse community of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District and surrounding area.
The Community Engagement Committee seeks to promote and implement Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of The Beloved Community, where individuals look past perceived differences in race, income and tenure to integrate under the commonalities and interdependence they share as human beings. In a sermon entitled “Being a Good Neighbor,” Dr. King noted “The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.” The Community Engagement Committee engenders this spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood that results in genuine inter-group and inter-personal living based on compassion and altruism. As Dr. King concluded in the same sermon, “We cannot survive spiritually separated in a world that is geographically together.”