Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Carson Taught Course Based on King's Papers
August 25, 2009

King Institute Director Clayborne Carson taught a course at Morehouse College this fall based on that institution's vast collection of King's personal papers. With assistence from co-instructor Dr. Vicki Crawford, "The Modern African-American Freedom Struggle" featured Morehouse's library of about 10,000 documents, books and other papers that have been housed at the school since 2006. In addition to his Stanford faculty position, Carson served as King Distinguished Professor at Morehouse and as executive director of the Morehouse King Collection. Morehouse owns the collection, which was bought from the King estate for $32 million in June 2006 in a last-minute sale brokered by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to head off a planned public auction.

Carson's course featured in-class interviews with King associates and veterans of the civil rights movement, including King's sister, Christine King Farris and his son Martin Luther King III. Other scheduled guests include King Institute scholar-in-residence Clarence Jones, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Dorothy Cotton, Bernard LaFayette, and C. T. Vivian. The Wednesday afternoon course was recorded for later online distribution.



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