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Building a World House

Bob Fitch photography archive, © Stanford University Libraries

"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." Letter from a Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963). 

In this time of crisis brought about by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the King Institute is committed to sharing its educational resources: a comprehensive online course for all ages, lesson plans and primary sources for learning at home, pristine recordings of King's historic speeches, and more. 

American Prophet: Online Course

Through Stanford Online, the King Institute has designed a free online course titled "American Prophet: The Inner Life and Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr." In this in-depth course, history comes alive as our director Dr. Clayborne Carson reads through historic documents and visits the major landmarks of the African American freedom struggle. If you take the course, you are also invited to join Dr. Carson's Office Hours taking place every Monday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m PST on Zoom. You can join by video chat at, or by calling 650-724-9799 and entering the Meeting ID 809-831-146. All are welcome.

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The Liberation Curriculum

The King Institute's Liberation Curriculum (LC) is a collection of free and universally accessible historical materials and lesson plans developed for students interested in exploring global, nonviolent struggles for freedom and inequality. The Curriculum is inspired by King's concept of the World House. In his last book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, published in 1967, King painted a picture of a world in which people of various ethnic, ideological, and religious backgrounds have to live together. They must learn to respect their differences and to act justly in order to ensure peaceful coexistence. Toward his vision of his seeing the world not just as a neighborhood but also as a brother- and sisterhood, we hope these resources may be of use to students of all ages at this time. For more information, you can email our LC Director, Dr. Mira Foster at

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Hear King Speak

The King Institute, in partnership with The Riverside Church, has made available six audio recordings of King speaking at The Riverside Church in New York City between August 1961 and April 1967. Perhaps the most famous of these speeches is "Beyond Vietnam," originally delivered at The Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before King's assassination. The speech condemned the Vietnam War and laid out a set of policy proposals to end it. While a recording of this speech has been publicly available for years, the new recording is significantly clearer and reproduces King's speech as it would have been heard by public radio listeners at the time. Through the clarity of these new recordings, King speaks as urgently to our present moment as he did over fifty years ago. 

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