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Dr. King and the Call for Moral Leadership in Turbulent Times - MLK Day Lecture

Sponsored by the Rice University Center for African and African American Studies and the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning, this lecture is open to the Rice community and the public.


Robert Michael Franklin Jr.
James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership,
Senior Advisor to the President, Emory University

This presentation will examine how Dr. King sought to elevate others through his courage, integrity and imagination aimed at transforming American democracy. The lecture seeks to stimulate discussion about the practice and the impact of ethical, authentic and transformational leadership.


In 2013, Robert Michael Franklin Jr. was a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He is president emeritus of Morehouse College where he served as the tenth president of the nation’s largest private, four-year liberal arts college for men from 2007 through 2012.

Franklin is the author of four books: "Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination" (forthcoming 2020, Orbis Press); "Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities" (2007); "Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis" (1997); and "Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought" (1990). He has co-authored (Don S. Browning, et. al.) a volume titled, "From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate" (2001). He also penned the foreword to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, "Letter from Birmingham Jail", reprinted by Trinity Forum in 2012.

Franklin worked with three U.S. Presidents on various initiatives (President Clinton’s “One America” Initiative; President Bush’s “Faith Based Advisory Committee” and President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative).

Jan 17, 2022 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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