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HIS 29 — Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Their Lives and Shared Legacy

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesday and Thursday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 sessions
Date(s): Jan 17—Feb 9
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 18
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $440
Instructor(s): Clayborne Carson, Mira Foster
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: Class schedule: 4 Tuesdays, January 17, January 24, January 31, and February 7, 6:00 - 7:50 pm (PT); 4 Thursdays, January 19, January 26, February 2, and February 9, 6:00 - 7:50 pm (PT)
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Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Tuesday and Thursday
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 17—Feb 9
8 sessions
Refund Date
Jan 18
2 Units
Fees
$440
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Clayborne Carson, Mira Foster
Recording
Yes
Open
Please Note: Class schedule: 4 Tuesdays, January 17, January 24, January 31, and February 7, 6:00 - 7:50 pm (PT); 4 Thursdays, January 19, January 26, February 2, and February 9, 6:00 - 7:50 pm (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
During this immersive multimedia course, Clayborne Carson, former editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. and director of the World House Project, examines the lives of Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King Jr. Using a vast archive of digital materials, we will illuminate the central role that Coretta played as Martin’s partner and a peace activist in her own right. We will also learn about Martin’s successes and challenges that he experienced as a civil rights leader during the 1950s and 1960s.

This course will trace the crucial events that influenced Coretta’s and Martin’s lives, beginning with their encounter in 1952, when they met in Boston and fell in love while connecting over mutual interests in world peace and social, racial, and economic justice. We will follow Martin’s unexpected emergence as an internationally known advocate for nonviolence and human rights. At the same time, we will highlight Coretta’s antiwar and civil rights activism.

Finally, the course will examine Coretta’s transformation from wife and partner to the leader of a campaign to preserve and celebrate Martin’s legacy following his assassination in April 1968. Until her passing in January 2006, Coretta not only led the movement to establish the King National Holiday, but also supported the anti-apartheid movement, advocated for LGBT rights, founded the King Papers Project, and selected Carson to direct it.

In each session, Mira Foster, World House Project director of education, will provide rich and rarely seen historical material, on-location filming, and other audiovisual documents to help us analyze what inspired and motivated these two remarkable people.

CLAYBORNE CARSON
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. In 2005, he 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 the 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, Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy (ISBN 978-1250159939)