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King scholar to speak at Dorchester Saturday
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What can be learned from years of studying the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Why is it important that King’s activities and impact in Savannah and its neighboring communities be more thoroughly documented and understood so we have a complete picture of the civil rights movement?
These are two of the many questions King scholar Dr. Clayborne Carson will address during his visit to Savannah and Dorchester Academy in Midway on Nov. 13-14. Carson, a professor of history and founding director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Institute at Stanford University, has recently been named a Martin Luther King Jr. distinguished professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He serves as the executive director of the Morehouse King collection. His visit to Dorchester is sponsored by the project “Building Capacity of African American Museums,” which is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
 Carson will speak from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Dorchester Academy in Midway, 8787 E. Oglethorpe Highway, where King trained civil rights workers for campaigns.
Carson’s first book, “In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s,” details the history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He also wrote “Malcolm X: The FBI File” in 1991 and co-authored “African American Lives: The Struggle for Freedom” in 2005. It is a comprehensive survey of African American history.
Carson served as the senior advisor for “Eyes on the Prize” and co-edited the “Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader” in 1991. Under Carson’s direction, the King Papers Project produced six volumes of “The Papers of Martin Luther King Jr.,” as well as these publications: “A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.” (1998), “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.” (1998), and “A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” (2001).
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