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I have devoted my professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. Since receiving my doctorate from UCLA in 1975, I have taught at Stanford University, where I am now professor of history and founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. In January of 2009 I was named Martin Luther King, Jr., Distinguished Professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, where I headed that institution's King Papers Project.
During my undergraduate years at UCLA, I participated in civil rights and antiwar protests, and many of my subsequent writings reflect my experiences by stressing the importance of grassroots political activity within the African-American freedom struggle. My first book, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, is a history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the most dynamic and innovative civil rights organization. My other publications include Malcolm X: The FBI File (1991). I am co-author of African American Lives: The Struggle for Freedom (2005), a comprehensive survey of African-American history. I also served as senior advisor for a fourteen-part, award-winning, public television series on the civil rights movement entitled "Eyes on the Prize" and co-edited the Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader (1991). I also served as historical advisor for "Have You Heard from Johannesburg?" a multipart documentary about the international campaign against apartheid in South Africa.

In 1985 the late Coretta Scott King, founder of the King Center in Atlanta, invited me to direct a long-term project to edit and publish the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This project is being conducted under the auspices of the King Institute at Stanford in association with the King Center and the King Estate. The King Papers Project, a component of the Institute, has produced six volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- a projected fourteen-volume comprehensive edition of King’s speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. In addition to these volumes, I have written or co-edited numerous other works based on the papers, including A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998); The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998), compiled from the King’s autobiographical writings; and A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2001).

I also wrote “Passages of Martin Luther King,” a play that was initially produced by Stanford’s Drama Department in 1993, and subsequently performed at Dartmouth College, Willamette University, the Claremont Colleges, the University of Washington, Tacoma, and other places. On June 21, 2007, the National Theatre of China performed the international premiere of "Passages" at the Beijing Oriental Pioneer Theatre, and full houses viewed the four subsequent performances of the first drama to bring together Chinese actors and African-American gospel singers.

I collaborated with the Roma Design Group of San Francisco to create the winning proposal in an international competition to design the national King memorial now being built in Washington, D. C.

I have lectured throughout the United States and in other nations such as India, China, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Israel and the Occupied Territories.
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Meetings with Palestinian Advocates of Nonviolence - February 21-21, 2010

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:30pm 1 Comment

On February 21, 2010, I returned to Israel and Palestine for a four-day visit at the invitation of the U. S. Department and the U. S.Consulate in Jerusalem. It was my first trip to the region since 1991 when I had spent most of my time in Israel as part of a delegation of African-American leaders who were… Continue

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At 12:01pm on November 19, 2012, Jared Akama Ondieki said…

Dear Clayborne,

Nice connecting with you here,could really like to learn more about MLK!

Warm regards from Kenya.



At 9:47pm on March 30, 2010, fesalk411 said…
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
I am a Palestinian Arab from Hizmeh, a village between Jerusalem and Ramallah. When I was 15 years old I fought against the Israeli Occupation in search of freedom. At that time I thought every Jewish person, whether soldier or citizen, man or woman, young or old, should be killed. I rejected the right for any Jew to live and every Jew was a target. I was just a kid, believe me, and I didn’t understand anything about politics or the Arab-Israeli conflict. I was arrested and sat in jail for 12 years. This was during the first intifada from 1987. At that time nobody talked about peace but only of violence. I matured during my time in jail. I started studying and reading books on politics, literature, poetry, and about the Madrid Conference.

It gave me hope to live in peace and dignity. I learned that violence only breeds violence and that peace is the only solution for the two nations, the only way for both to have a respectful and beautiful future. We live on the same land. We are neighbors. We drink the same water and both pray to a monotheistic God. We must live in peace on the basis of religion for God and land for everyone.
At 5:24pm on March 20, 2010, Dan Moody said…
It is an honor to meet you here!
Dan Moody
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