Celebrations honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Several events are scheduled to mark the 80th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. this month. All are free and open to the public.

At 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, history Professor Clayborne Carson will discuss the founding of the King Papers Project at Stanford and how it evolved into the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, which he directs. The King Legacy at Stanford, sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society and the Black Community Services Center, will take place in the Black Community Services Center Community Room.

The annual King Holiday Celebration, held by the King Institute, is scheduled to begin with refreshments at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Oak Room of Tresidder Memorial Union. This year's theme is "Education for Global Liberation." It will feature photographs and presentations about the 2008 King/Gandhi seminar to India and the introduction of King and Global Liberation: A Curriculum Guide, a reference for teachers prepared by the institute's Liberation Curriculum initiative. The event also will include the work of Michael Collopy, who has photographed the world's "architects of peace," and Matt Herron, a photographer of the civil rights movement, and the presentation of the institute's 2009 "Call to Conscience" Awards to Collopy; the Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles, a civil rights leaders; and Indian educators and activists Ravi Gulati, Kiran Bir Sethi and Viren Joshi.

Other King holiday events are "Practice What You Preach: Faith and Social Justice in the Church and Academe," featuring the Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences on the third floor of Old Union, and "Education for Liberation: King and Gandhi's Legacy in India," a workshop on global perspectives and social justice curriculum with Ravi Gulati and Kiran Bir Sethi from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday in Room CR 101 of Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building.

For details and updates on King holiday events, visit http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu.