All FSI News Blogs January 17, 2022

Civil and Human Rights: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy

SPICE recommends the use of a short lecture—titled “Civil and Human Rights: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy” by Dr. Clayborne Carson—for high school and college levels.
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Dr. Clayborne Carson

SPICE recommends the use of a 13-minute lecture—titled “Civil and Human Rights: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy” by Dr. Clayborne Carson—for use at the high school and college levels. Dr. Carson is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor Emeritus at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, FSI, at Stanford University. In the video lecture, Professor Carson not only discusses Martin Luther King, Jr. as a civil rights leader but also examines his larger vision of seeing the African American struggle as a worldwide struggle for citizenship rights and human rights.

A free classroom-friendly discussion guide for this video is available for download on the website above. The organizing questions that are listed in the guide are:

  • What are civil and human rights?
  • What were the significant achievements of the Civil Rights Movement?
  • What is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy in terms of civil and human rights?
  • How are Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision, ideas, and leadership still relevant today?
  • How is the American Civil Rights Movement similar and different from other rights-related movements?


SPICE also recommends the resources on the following websites for use in classrooms.

  • The World House Project works to realize Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the world as a large house in which “we must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.” Dr. Carson is the director of the Project.

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