For the First Time, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Papers Will Be Used in Coursework at Morehouse College

Three years ago a consortium of Atlanta leaders brokered a $32 million loan to keep a vast collection of the papers of Martin Luther King Jr. in the city. The Martin Luther King Collection is housed at Morehouse College, King’s alma mater. A massive archival project of the more than 10,000 documents has now been completed.

This fall, for the first time since the collection has come to Morehouse, an academic course will be taught using the papers as the main resource. The course, entitled “Martin Luther King Jr. and the Modern Freedom Struggle,” will be taught by Clayborne Carson, professor of history at Stanford University and executive director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection.

While in Atlanta, Professor Carson will continue to hold his tenured position at Stanford. Professor Carson holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees, all from the University of California at Los Angeles.