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Martin Luther King, Jr., is best known for his "I Have a Dream" speech, but if we look at his Nobel lecture and final works, it is clear that he is much more than a civil rights leader. In the lecture, he makes clear his global vision and addresses what he termed the "giant triplets of evil": racial injustice, poverty, and war. King perceives the ultimate challenge that we continue to face today: "We have inherited a large house, a great 'world house' in which we have to live together — black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu — a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace." As I try to help build King's "World House," I find myself returning to his unanswered question: where do we go from here?
Clayborne Carson is the founder of Stanford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute and the Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of History at Stanford University.
Michael McFaul is the Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International Studies in Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, all at Stanford University.