The  King & Faith Lectures

Co-founder of the NorcalMLK Foundation's King & Faith Lectures and 2018 Willie B Kennedy Civic Service Award recipient, Dr. Clayborne Carson, founder and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and emeritus Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor at Stanford University. In 1985 Dr. Carson was asked by the late Coretta Scott King to curate the papers of her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. To date, and under his editorship, eight volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.  have been produced. 

photo courtesy of the NorcalMLK Foundation

MLK2020 Celebrations

January 13 - 20

The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation is very pleased to present the King & Faith Lectures. This annual lecture series is part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration events held yearly in San Francisco each January and is part of our goal of engaging the wider scholarly, theological, clerical and lay communities in contemporary contemplation of Dr. King, his message, and his legacy.


The King & Faith Lectures are designed to create a space to critique, analyze and thoughtfully question assumptions about King and faith, King and community, and King and society. The lecture series looks to ignite greater dialogue and programs of action that will infuse “where we go from here.” The lectures look to pose key questions about freedom, liberation and mission within the present global paradigm to bring to the forefront the tensions that emerge when confronted with the need to make space for those voices that speak against erasure, simplification, and displacement of the cultural narratives that a truly democratic society needs to survive. 

Rachel Harding, PhD, (center) professor of indigenous spiritual traditions at the University of Colorado Denver and daughter of civil rights leaders, Vincent and Rosemarie Freeney Harding, speaking with guests following the 2018 King & Faith Lectures special conversation and screening of Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Photo courtesy of the NorcalMLK Foundation

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The Howard Thurman Homily

The annual Howard Thurman Homily is the King & Faith Lectures keynote address. It is a partnership between the NorcalMLK Foundation and the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco.

The robes of Howard Thurman and Alfred Fisk, the co-founders of San Francisco's Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples. During the 2019 King & Faith series, in partnership with Fellowship Church, the robes were presented and made available for church viewing for the final time. At the 2019 Howard Thurman Homily, at a special ceremony, the robes were donated to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Representing the Smithsonian's National Museum was the 2019 Howard Thurman Homily speaker, Dr. Eric Lewis Williams. Photo courtesy of the NorcalMLK Foundation. 

MLK Interfaith Evensong Celebrates the Life and Message of Martin Luther King, Jr.

At San Francisco's Grace Cathedral

The King & Faith Forum

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Forum is an important discussion with and between scholars and thinkers reflecting on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and 'where we go from here.'

Award winning comic artist John Jennings (left) in conversation with NPR-affiliate KQED morning news anchor Brian Watt at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Courtesy of Grace Cathedral. 

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The Honorable London Breed, mayor of San Francisco, speaking at the 50 Year Commemoration of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., at San Francisco's City Hall Rotunda.

Photo courtesy of the NorcalMLK Foundation

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Sermon

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Sermon at Grace Cathedral honors the March 28, 1965, address delivered by Dr. King as part of the installation of Grace Cathedral.

Image of Dr. King (center), with the Dean and Canons San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, Sunday, March 28, 1965. Courtesy of Grace Cathedral. 

The MLK Interfaith Commemoration

Join in commemorating Dr. King with inspirational speeches on the Esplanade Stage in Yerba Buena Gardens on Monday, January 20, 2020.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Reflection

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Reflection is given during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor & Community Breakfast. The MLK Labor breakfast brings together political, labor, business, and community leaders In honor of Dr. King.


The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives, (right) with the Rev. Dr. Arelious Walker, retired sr. minister at San Francisco's True Hope Church. Photo courtesy of the NorcalMLK Foundation.

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MLK2020 March

Monday, January 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Caltrain Station

Marchers at the MLK2018 March in San Francisco, California. San Francisco's 1.5 mile commemorative
march honors the 1965 Selma , Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama marches that forced to approval of  the  1965 federal Voting Rights Act.    
Photo courtesy of the Bay Area News Service.                   

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