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Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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PROFESSOR CLAYBORNE CARSON of Stanford University will speak about Martin Luther King Jr.’s dreams and legacy on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium.

MIDDLEBURY — Today’s political climate has forced us to re-examine the issue of race in America. Luckily for Addison County residents, scholar Clayborne Carson will be at Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. to share his perspective. In “Where Do We Go From Here? — Martin Luther King Jr.’s Unanswered Question” Carson will use his years at the King Papers Project and at Stanford University to address what is next for civil rights in the U.S.

Carson was selected by members of Middlebury College’s Charles S. Grant lecture committee as this year’s lecturer. Carson is the Martin Luther Jing Jr. Centennial professor of History and Ronnie Lott Founding director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute. In 1985, the late Coretta Scott King asked him to oversee the King Papers Project, a long-term project to edit and publish an authoritative edition of King’s speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications and unpublished writings. The project has produced seven volumes of “The Papers of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Carson is also well known for his own writings. His book “In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s” won the Organization of American Historians Frederick Turner Prize. More recently, he is the author of “Martin’s Dream; My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.” A book signing will follow the lecture.

For more information contact Jim Ralph, Department of History, Middlebury College, at 802-443-5320 or [email protected].

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