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HIS 29 — American Prophet: Martin Luther King, Jr.—The Inner Life, Global Vision, and Legacy

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 7—May 26
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 9
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $250
Instructor(s): Clayborne Carson
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Apr 7—May 26
8 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 9
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Clayborne Carson
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
During this multimedia course, Clayborne Carson, the editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., will take you on a virtual tour of discovery through Atlanta, Boston, Albany, Washington D.C., Selma, and Memphis, to illuminate the lives of Martin and Coretta Scott King. You will follow Dr. King from his sudden and unexpected emergence as an internationally known nonviolence and human rights advocate. You will also learn about the central role that Coretta Scott King played as a partner and activist during Martin’s lifetime and afterward.

The course will focus on crucial episodes 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. We will also discuss the Kings’ involvement in the Chicago 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 also examine Coretta’s transformation from Martin’s partner into a leader of the movement to create the King national holiday. In each session, we will use historical documents, on-location filming, and other audiovisual materials to gain insight into what inspired and motivated these two remarkable people.

Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of History, Emeritus, 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, where he has served as Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor of History (now Emeritus). In 1985, the late Coretta Scott King invited Carson to direct a long-term project to edit and publish an authoritative edition of her late husband's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Under his 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. He is the author of Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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)