Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
About Liberation Curriculum
The King Institute’s Liberation Curriculum (LC) initiative seeks to inform teachers and students about global efforts to achieve social justice, human rights and liberation through nonviolent means, with special emphasis on the modern African American freedom struggle. Find out more
Announcements and News
5th Graders Investigate Civil Rights History
March 05, 2013
Why is it important to learn from the past? Why and how do people struggle for social justice? What rights and responsibilities do we have in our world today? These questions guided St. Paul's Episcopal School students as they investigated the modern African American freedom struggle. Andrea McEvoy Spero, King Institute Education Director, provided primary sources and Don Jelinek, a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi from 1965-1968, shared personal experiences. Based upon their research, these young historians created beautifully illustrated children's books to share with their peers. Click here to see more about Ms. Nicole Mills and Mr. Ryan Faulkner's civil rights unit and the students' projects.
Commemorate Human Rights Day
December 09, 2009
Commemorate Human Rights Day December 10th in your classroom with this short LC lesson on global human rights issues during Dr. King's time and today.
Liberation Curriculum and NEA
November 24, 2009
The Director of Liberation Curriculum, Ashni Mohnot, conducted a workshop on King and Global Liberation for 20 UK and US teachers in Washington DC on Oct 26, 09. The workshop was part of "Beyond Magna Carta: The NEA-NUT Human Rights Education Project" organized by the National Education Association (NEA).
LC - Facing History workshop
January 26, 2009
Join LC and Facing History & Ourselves from 4:30 - 8:30 pm on Feb 4th, 2009 at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco for a teachers' workshop on Eyes on the Prize.
K-12 Summer Institute
January 26, 2009
The Ahimsa Center at CSU Pomona invites K-12 educators to participate in a interdisciplinary residential summer institute called Journeys of Nonviolence: Gandhi and King.
Liberation Curriculum takes a trip to the south with teachers from Alameda County
September 09, 2008
Teachers stand on the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Photos connected to this write-up by Clayborne Carson.
Liberation Curriculum staff members presented at the 2008 OAH Conference in New York City
April 29, 2008
Liberation Curriculum staff members and participating teacher, Emily Burton, presented the King Digital History Project at the 2008 Organization of American Historians (OAH) conference in New York City. Photo by Clayborne Carson.
(VIdeo) Award-winning Public Service Announcements Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. are Now Online
January 21, 2008
In fall 2006 and 2007, Liberation Curriculum partnered with All Stars Helping Kids in sponsoring a PSA contest for San Francisco Bay Area juniors and seniors. The resulting videos are available online.
Classroom Resources
LC Lesson Plans
Our lesson plans provide historically accurate and pedagogically effective curriculum that addresses issues of social justice, transformation, and reconciliation. Photo by AP/Wide World Photos.
Freedom’s Ring: “I Have a Dream” Speech
Listen to Dr. King’s most famous speech and explore interviews, historical context and lesson plans in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Modern Peace and Justice Movements
Modern efforts towards peace and social justice create paradigm shifts in how we view existing societal norms and systems.
Remember Them: Champions of Humanity
The Liberation Curriculum (LC) initiative developed a high school curriculum and biographies to accompany the Remember Them: Champions of Humanity monument featuring 25 humanitarians, created by Oakland sculptor Mario Chiodo. View the accompanying instructional video illustrating the teaching of the curriculum in East Oakland School of the Arts.
Teacher Created KDHP Lessons
California teachers selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded King Digital History Project created model lesson plans on Dr. King and the African-American freedom struggle, using the King Institute's documentary resources and professional development training.
King Online Encyclopedia
Search here for information on over 1000 civil rights movement figures, events and organizations; a chronology of the movement, and full-text documents published online.
About Martin Luther King, Jr.
Read a biographical essay on Martin Luther King, Jr., prepared by King Institute director Clayborne Carson and the Institute staff, extensively cross-referenced with links to the King Online Encyclopedia.
Featured Documents by Theme
Primary civil and human rights documents with accompanying classroom activities designed to motivate critical analysis and exploration.
Scholarly Articles
Articles written by the King Papers staff.
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