A reading by Councilor Pious Ali in honor of the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Kirsten Cappy

Portland City Councilor and I’m Your Neighbor Co-President Pious Ali could have chosen any number of outstanding African American or African books to talk about Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision.

But as people have done across cultures, and across time, he turned to a book about animals – a new book from Uruguay about chickens and capybaras – to address the theme of how to be a better human, and to talk about the “Beloved Community,” a term coined by Josiah Royce, but popularized by Dr. King.

Listen to Councilor Pious Ali read The Capybaras by Alfredo Soderguit: https://vimeo.com/666589039

From the King Foundation Website: “Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood:” https://thekingcenter.org/about-tkc/the-king-philosophy/

Filmed at Love Lab Studio
In partnership with i’m your neighbor books