What Would MLK Say About the USA Today?

What would Martin Luther King Jr. think about America in 2010? Few would know better than Clayborne Carson, the Stanford historian who directs the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. In this talk, Carson describes MLK’s likely thoughts about America during the Great Recession. King cared deeply about economic justice, and it’s clear that King wouldn’t have looked unambivalently upon the inequalities that the financial meltdown made so glaringly obvious. Next week, the U.S. will celebrate King’s birthday and bankers will collect their record-setting bonuses …

Note: Clayborne Carson is currently holding Open Office Hours on Stanford’s Facebook Page. Be sure to visit. Also, Professor Carson has taught an online course that you can freely download. It’s called African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle, and you can find it on YouTube and iTunes. It’s also the first course that appears in our collection of Free Courses.

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