Baha’is Celebrate Dr. King’s Vision and Honor African Americans

The unity of humanity is one of the central teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. The Bahá’í teachings state that since all humans have been created in the image of God, God does not make any distinction between people regardless of race or color. Thus, because all humans have been created equal, they all require equal opportunities and treatment. Thus the Bahá’í view promotes the unity of humanity, and that people’s vision should be world-embracing and that people should love the whole world rather than just their nation.  The teaching, however, does not equal unity with uniformity, but instead the Bahá’í writings advocate for the principle of unity in diversity where the variety in the human race is valued.

The Lexington Bahá’í Community has a long standing tradition of expressing this belief by honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision of racial unity through participation in the annual Marting Luther King, Jr. Day parade in downtown Lexington.  Pictured below are some members of the community who gathered on 1/21/2013 for that purpose.

In observance of African American History Month, we would also like to draw your attention to the following page on the U.S. Bahá’í website, which pays tribute to some notable African American Bahá’ís.

Article:  Selected profiles of African American Bahá’ís