King Institute Director Clayborne Carson participated in a public discussion with Alicia Garza, a founder of the #blacklivesmatter Movement. The conversation on "Black Lives Matter: Past, Present & Future" was the keynote event of the Howard Zinn Book Fair held on November 15 at City College of San Francisco.
The hour-long dialogue in a packed lecture hall focused on the different perspectives of 1960s activists and those who are now protesting against police killings of unarmed black men and women. Carson conceded that his generation of activists would not have paid much attention to the latter issue without prodding from young protesters. But he also asserted that King and many of his contemporaries sought global human rights rather than merely civil rights reforms.