MLK's Papers to be Basis of First Rights Course

Published June 23, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vast personal collection of papers will be used for the first time to teach a college course on civil rights this fall.

Morehouse College in Atlanta said Tuesday it will use the library of about 10,000 documents, books and other papers that have been housed at the school since 2006.

The course called "Martin Luther King Jr. and the Modern Freedom Struggle" will be taught by Clayborne Carson, who was named executive director of the collection in January.

King graduated from historically Black Morehouse with a degree in sociology in 1948.

Morehouse owns the collection, which was bought from the King estate for $32 million in June 2006 in a last-minute sale brokered by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to head off a planned public auction.

Written by The Associated Press

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