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We are committed to promoting uncommon solutions to common challenges. Our foundation is built upon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Beloved Community philosophy. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called forth a global vision of beloved community, in which all people share in the wealth of the earth—a society based on justice, equity, non-violence, and love. 

Thriving Communities History

Thriving Communities grew out of the joy and inspiration that Jerry Millhon found in his work as Director of the Whidbey Institute in 2011. Along with others, he began to see Thriving Communities as a call to action—to tell stories about people who inspired actions and movements that celebrate and make a profound difference in neighborhoods and communities. As one person observed at a Gathering, "I have lived in this community for many years. I never knew many of these organizations existed. I want to get involved!"

We have deeply listened to communities that are thriving across the U.S. to support and uphold their stories through filmmaking. But that is only the first step: Each year we convene to honor those we have filmed and provide space for people to connect with them and with others gathered. We share these stories and the people we honor as a gift of collaboration and inspiration for those interested. We have such a deep sense of respect, gratitude, and love for the work and gifts of the people that each film portrays. 

Dr. King's Beloved Community has inspired all our work.

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Thriving Communities Founder, Jerry Millhon 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Beloved Community

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a world with a deep sense of community and respect for all. Over his lifetime, he worked to break down racial and economic barriers and create equality in all communities. His philosophy for nonviolence underpinned all of his actions and came to be known as the Beloved Community. Within the Beloved Community,

  • People work together to end poverty, hunger, and homelessness

  • Racial prejudice and discrimination have no place

  • Economic and social justice are recognized as vital to a healthy society

  • Conflict is resolved using peaceful and non-violent means.


Dr. King believed when individuals collaborated in the pursuit of equality, equity, and justice, society as a whole would become stronger. At Thriving Communities, it is our aim to help perpetuate Dr. King's vision.

Learn More at The King Center.

Beloved Community

The people behind Thriving Communities are filmmakers, activists, nonprofit leaders, and community organizers. 

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