U.S. Embassy to host Public Seminars

The U.S. Embassy will host Dr. Claybourne Carson, Professor of History at Stanford University and Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute, March 16-20, 2015 for a series of forums and talks on full and equal citizenship for all Jamaicans and the advancement of responsible and democratic governance.

The public lectures will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday, March 17, at 10:00am – Liberty Academy at the Priory

Tuesday, March 17, at 6:00 p.m. – University of the West Indies, Mona

Wednesday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. – Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library

Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. – University of the West Indies, Western Campus

Clayborne Carson has devoted his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King Jr. and the movements King inspired. Dr. Carson received his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1975.  During his undergraduate years at UCLA, Dr, Carson participated in civil rights and antiwar protests, and many of his subequent writings reflect his experiences by stressing the importance of grassroots political activity within the African – American protest movements and political thought of the period after Worls War 11.

In 1985, the late Coretta Scott King invited Dr. Carson to direct a long-term project to edit and publish the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In 2005, Carson founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute to endow and expand the work of the Kings Papers Project.  Under Carson’s projected fourteen-volume comprehensive edition of King’s most significant speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings.

Dr. Carson has lectured throughout the United States. His topics have included King, SNCC, Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party, Black-Jewish relations, and affirmative action. He has appeared on many national radio and television shows, including Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, Fresh Air, Charlie Rose, Travis Smiley and Marketplace.

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