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American Prophet: Martin Luther King, Jr.—The Inner Life, Global Vision, and Legacy

Apr 9 2021

During this multimedia course, Clayborne Carson, the editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., will take you on a virtual tour of discovery through Atlanta, Boston, Albany, Washington D.C., Selma, and Memphis, to illuminate the lives of Martin and Coretta Scott King. You will follow Dr. King from his sudden and unexpected emergence as an internationally known nonviolence and human rights advocate. You will also learn about the central role that Coretta Scott King played as a partner and activist during Martin’s lifetime and afterward.

The Continuing Studies course will focus on crucial episodes that influenced Coretta’s and Martin’s lives, such as the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1960 Sit-ins, the 1963 Birmingham Campaign and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March. We will also discuss the Kings’ involvement in the Chicago Campaign and their effort to mobilize the 1968 Poor People's Campaign, which brought Martin to Memphis in the Spring of 1968. Finally, we will also examine Coretta’s transformation from Martin’s partner into a leader of the movement to create the King national holiday. In each session, we will use historical documents, on-location filming, and other audiovisual materials to gain insight into what inspired and motivated these two remarkable people.

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Clayborne Carson, Liberation Curriculum