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Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Social Gospel


January 12, 2016
7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
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Building 260, Room 113

Lecture by Clayborne Carson (Stanford University). Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.

Part of a lecture series on “Religion, Violence, Nonviolence,” offered in conjunction with RELIGST 29 and RELIGST 119. Free and open to the public. Stanford students may register for credit; see Explore Courses for information.

For full list of lectures in the series, click here.

Clayborne Carson is Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor of History and Ronnie Lott Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Education and Research Institute at Stanford.

Selected in 1985 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband, Prof. Carson has directed the King Papers Project in producing seven volumes of a definitive, comprehensive edition of King’s speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Dr. Carson has also edited numerous other books based on King’s papers. His publications include In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (1981); Malcolm X: The FBI File (1991); African American Lives: The Struggle for Freedom (2005, co-author); and a memoir, Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2013).

Carson’s musical play, “Passages of Martin Luther King,” was first performed by Stanford’s drama department in 1993. “Passages” was also produced by the National Theatre of China in 2007 and by the Palestinian National Theatre in 2012. Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine (2013),a documentary based on the latter production, was released in 2014. This film will be screened at Stanford on Jan 14 in CERAS 101, 7 pm.