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HIS 29 — American Prophet: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 20—Mar 10
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 22
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $350
Instructor(s): Clayborne Carson, Mira Foster
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
 
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Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Thursdays
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 20—Mar 10
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 22
1 Unit
Fees
$350
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Clayborne Carson, Mira Foster
Recording
Yes
Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
During this multimedia course, Clayborne Carson, the editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the director of the World House Project, will examine the lives of Martin and Coretta Scott King. We will follow Dr. King’s unexpected emergence as an internationally known nonviolence and human rights advocate. We will learn about the successes and challenges he experienced as the preeminent leader of the civil rights movement, and we will discuss the central role that Coretta Scott King played as a partner and activist during Martin’s life and afterward.

This course will highlight the crucial events that influenced Coretta’s and Martin’s lives, such as the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1960 sit-ins, the 1963 Birmingham Campaign and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March. Further, we will look at the Kings’ involvement in the 1966 Chicago Freedom Movement Campaign and their effort to mobilize the 1968 Poor People's Campaign, which brought Martin to Memphis in the Spring of 1968. Finally, we will examine Coretta’s transformation from Martin’s partner into a leader of the movement to shape his legacy. In each session, Mira Foster, the director of education for the World House Project, will provide rich and rarely seen historical material, on-location filming, and other audiovisual documents, to help us understand what inspired and motivated these two remarkable people.

Stanford Continuing Studies has lowered the tuition for this course as part of our mission to increase access to education around diversity, equity, inclusion, and issues related to social justice and participatory democracy.

CLAYBORNE CARSON
Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor Emeritus of History, Stanford

Clayborne Carson has devoted most of his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King Jr. and the movements King inspired. Since receiving a PhD from UCLA in 1975, he has taught at Stanford. In 1985, Coretta Scott King invited Carson to direct the editing and publishing of an authoritative edition of her late husband's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Under Carson's direction, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2005, Carson founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute to endow and expand the educational outreach of the King Papers Project. Since 2021, Carson has been the director of the World House Project at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford.

MIRA FOSTER
Director of Education, The World House Project, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford

Mira Foster develops educational resources designed to reach broad audiences interested in the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement, and other global struggles for freedom and justice. Her learning materials build on the work of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and the King Papers Project. She has authored numerous lesson plans, produced the World House Podcast, and organized the annual King Institute Film Festival, among other educational events. Foster received a PhD in public history from UC Santa Barbara.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Clayborne Carson, ed., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (ISBN 978-0446676502)
(Required) Coretta Scott King, Barbara Reynolds, My Life, My Love, My Legacy (ISBN 978-1627795982)