Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be disappointed to see the state of racial and social justice at this institution today. Disgusted, even. King would be disgusted by the fact that people of color—students, faculty, and workers—still must fight to be heard and supported on this campus and within our larger community.
In 1985, Coretta Scott King asked Professor of History Clayborne Carson to edit and assemble the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the beginnings of the King Papers Project. Today, the Papers Project is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, housed in a temporary building on Stanford campus.
In the shadow of Y2E2, you’ll find a row of shabby portables known as Cypress Hall. Located on the margins of campus, few Stanford students know where the hall is; even fewer are aware that one of these modest, outdated buildings is home to one of the world’s largest collections of scholarship regarding the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For the 25th anniversary of the national Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, institutions across Stanford organized events to commemorate the life and works of this extraordinary national figure.