Dr. Clayborne Carson, Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute, talks about racial inequalities, the black vote and civil rights.

Lecture via YouTube live stream:


Clayborne Carson: "Where Do We Go From Here? – The Black Vote, Civil Rights, and the State of the Union"

Lecture via YouTube Livestream / No registration necessary


This event takes place virtually via YouTube live stream: https://youtu.be/pl82E8bDMAk

No registration necessary.


In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with a speech titled “Where Do We Go From Here?”. Despite the immense amount of progress King and his fellow activists made in regards to civil rights, his speech was a reminder that there was still much work to be done. Today, the United States once again faces the effects of a country with deep roots of racial inequalities. Black Americans have disproportionately suffered the consequences of Covid-19 and, as we witnessed with the death of George Floyd, police brutality continues to threaten people of color.

Black voter turnout was at its highest in the last election and, thanks to the work of people like Stacey Abrams to mobilize Black voters in Georgia, the Senate flipped. With a new president in office and Democratic control of the Senate, Clayborne Carson will discuss what this means for the state of the Union, and ultimately address the question, “Where do we go from here?”

Dr. Clayborne Carson has devoted most of his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the movements King inspired. Since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, Dr. Carson has taught at Stanford University, where he has served as Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History (now Emeritus). In 1985, the late Coretta Scott King invited Dr. Carson to direct a long-term project to edit and publish an authoritative edition of her late husband's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Under Carson’s direction, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2005, Carson founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute to endow and expand the educational outreach of the King Papers Project. Although he is completing his final year directing the King Institute, he will continue his research and teaching as a Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.


Moderation: Dr. Andreas Etges, teaches American history at LMU Munich. He has curated several historical exhibits, is a founding member of the International Federation for Public History and co-editor of the e-journal International Public History. 


Please note:
Following the talk, you may ask Clayborne Carson your questions online. If you prefer to do so even before the lecture, you can write us an e-mail at event@amerikahaus.de – just include “Question for Clayborne Carson” in the subject line.

Organizer: Amerikahaus – Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Contact: Dominik Raabe, Joanna King


(Photo: Clayborne Carson © L.A. Cicero / Stanford University)


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