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Clayborne Carson on the passing of Dr. Vincent Harding
May 20, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Vincent Harding (July 25, 1931 – May 19, 2014) image
King Institute Open House 2014
January 10, 2014
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute celebrates the King Holiday with an Open House on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 4-6 pm. Come help us celebrate our accomplishments and learn about our plans for the future. Visit with our staff and view our exhibit of King-related photos and documents. Gabi Holzwarth contemporary/hip-hop violinist will also perform at the event. All are welcome. Please note: Via Ortega is closed to through traffic due to construction; please use Panama Street. Visitor parking may be available in parking structure 2 at Panama Street/Via Ortega or nearby surface lots. Parking is free after 4 p.m.
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.
2013 King Institute Open House
January 16, 2013
In honor of the upcoming King Holiday, join us for an Open House Friday, January 18, 2013, from 4 - 6 pm. All are welcome.
Nicholas Katzenbach, Attorney General for Lyndon Baines Johnson, Dead at 90
May 11, 2012
Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach, Deputy Attorney General under Robert Kennedy and Attorney General for President Lyndon Baines Johnson, died Tuesday, 8 May. He was 90.
Patricia Stephens Due, Civil Rights Veteran, Died Tuesday
February 14, 2012
A "living monument" to her family, "that Stephen's girl" to her critics as a young woman, and prominent fixture in the civil rights movement in Florida, Patricia Stephans Due passed away on February 7, in Smyrna, Georgia. She was 72.
SCLC founded January 11, 1957
January 17, 2012
Reacting to southern racial violence, Dr. King, C. K. Steele, and Fred L. Shuttlesworth issued an “urgent plea” for a two day conference of southern black leaders to be held at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King’s father was pastor.
See Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Montgomery Improvement Association Press Release
Southern Christian Leadership Conference "Statement to the South and the Nation"
2012 King Holiday Events
January 06, 2012
Find out about 2012 King Holiday events occurring on campus and in the local area!
News Release, King Institute Celebrates New Memorial On National Mall
January 06, 2012
The King Holiday Celebration will take place 3 pm - 5 pm at Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Drive, on the Stanford campus.
The event is free and open to the public.
Robert L. Carter, federal judge, arbitor and author dies at 94
January 04, 2012
Judge Carter spent years doing research in law and history to construct the legal theory that was used to challenge the Supreme Court’s 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson during the infamous 1954, Brown v. Board of Education case.
King Holiday 2012
December 14, 2011
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute invites you to our 2012 King Holiday Celebration! A schedule of King Holiday events occurring on campus and in the local area can be viewed here.
Civil rights activist Robert Mants passes away 7 December
December 12, 2011
Robert Mants, who helped lead the first march from Selma to Montgomery to press for equal voting rights in 1965, died 7 December 2011 while visiting relatives in Atlanta.
Eddie Brown Jr., Civil and Human Rights Advocate Dies at Age 70
November 29, 2011
Human and civil rights activist, Eddie Brown, Jr. died at his home on Wednesday 23 November at the age of 70, from complications from cancer. He leaves behind a legacy of human and civil rights advocacy.
Fred L. Shuttlesworth, Iconic Civil Rights Leader from Birmingham, died Wednesday
October 05, 2011
Once refered to by Dr. King as "the most courageous civil rights fighter in the South," Fred Lee Shuttlesworth put his life on the line time and time again as he fought against Jim Crow. He died this morning at 89.
King on Broadway: “The Mountaintop”
September 28, 2011
Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett star in the new Broadway play set April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before Dr. King's assassination. The sixteen week limited run at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre opens October 13. For more detail, click HERE.
Global Liberation News
Black Preacher Forgives Former Alabama Governor George Wallace
May 11, 2011
The Reverend Kelvin Croom discusses why he forgives former segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace.
Former KKK Member Apologizes to John Lewis
February 10, 2009
In 1961 John Lewis volunteered for the first Freedom Rides coordinated by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and CORE. Lewis suffered a severe beating by a group of whites during the rides. In February 2009 former Klansman Elwin Wilson appologizes to Lewis for the beating that occured nearly fifty years ago.
Blacks voice joy, worry, ahead of historic election
November 04, 2008
On the final Sunday before Election Day, black Bay Area voters reflected on their feelings as the nation sits on the precipice of history.
NAACP to host 62nd State Convention and Civil Rights Conference in Clarksville
September 13, 2008
Austin Peay State University will host a portion of the 62nd Annual NAACP State Convention and Civil Rights Conference on September 27 at the APSU Morgan University Center.
Arts Panel Members Satisfied With Changes to King Statue
June 20, 2008
Members of the federal arts commission expressed satisfaction with changes to the King memorial statue which smoothed away wrinkles in King's brow and added a slight smile.
The Indian Workers Congress continues its hunger strike
June 04, 2008
The Indian Worker's Congress reached Day 21 of their hunger strike, the longest Mahatma Gandhi ever fasted. The workers are protesting their treatment at the hands of Signal International.
Living the Legacy 40 Years Later
May 29, 2008
A doctor in Howard's Class of '68 has followed MLK's lessons
Martin Luther King, Jr. an unsurpassed advocate of UN values, says Ban Ki-Moon
May 08, 2008
Viewing original papers written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in King's home city of Atlanta, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the renowned leader, saying that the values he lived and died for are shared by the United Nations.
Taylor Branch awarded literary peace prize
May 07, 2008
Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of an acclaimed trilogy on the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
King and the Jews
May 01, 2008
In an opinion article written for The Wall Street Journal, Clarence B. Jones, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s former legal advisor, says that King would have been disheartened by the anti-Semitism espoused by many of today's most prominent Black leaders.
Talking the Talk
April 27, 2008
The sociologist Jonathan Rieder examines Martin Luther King’s oratorical gift.
With a powerful speech, Obama offers a challenge
April 25, 2008
Obama gives a powerful, landmark speech on race.
This took place back then, but It sounds a lot like now
April 20, 2008
This play about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s decision to oppose the war in Vietnam resonates with Obama's stand against the unpopular war on Iraq.
In a one-man show, the essence of Dr. King
April 13, 2008
“The Man in Room 306” challenges the audience to confront viscerally one of the most tragic moments in our country’s history: the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Last Wish of Martin Luther King
April 06, 2008
Taylor Branch, a prominent King biographer, discusses the assassination of King 40 years later.
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