ANSO 235 The Sociology of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Practice: A Place-Based Study of King and the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement


It is an important but little known fact that Martin Luther King, Jr. earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology before turning his postgraduate and professional attention to theology and religion. This course introduces students to the sociological nature of King’s work through a three-week intensive place-based study of his role in the St. Augustine, FL civil rights movement. Taught on the campus of Flagler College in downtown St. Augustine, the course explores the intellectual and sociological roots of King’s thought and his understanding of cultural difference, nonviolence, and social change. Morning lectures and discussions of assigned readings will be followed by afternoon activities in the community that will include walking tours of civil rights historic sites and meetings with community residents and leaders.

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