History

In 2018, Dr. Clarence B. Jones and Jonathan D. Greenberg co-founded the USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice to disseminate the teachings and strategies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi in response to the moral emergencies of the 21st century. The institute’s history is intertwined with the history of Dr. King’s life's work and the movement he led: Institute Director Dr. Clarence B. Jones served as Dr. King's lawyer, strategic adviser, and draft speechwriter from 1960 until Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, spending countless hours together in crisis and action, negotiation and decision, intimate conversation and prayer. After 30 years of teaching and scholarship in the fields of conflict resolution, public policy, and international law at Stanford Law School, Greenberg joins Dr. Jones at USF as the institute’s associate director and scholar in residence.

Read About the Founding of The USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice

Martin Luther King Jr. at the Civil Rights March

MLK at 90: An Urgent Call to Action

“...when we honor King, those who follow in his giant footsteps and their collective efforts to make this a more perfect union — we not only stand a much better chance of withstanding the strong head winds lashing us today. We also stand a chance of getting closer to 'the promised land.'”

Read more in The Washington Post

Prof. Clarence Jones

Reflecting on MLK: "The Baddest Brother of the 20th Century"

“I thought there would be no more fitting tribute to Dr. King than those of us to come together and reflect on what his legacy meant to us and the world.”

Read the story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Members of the civil rights movement gathered at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.

"A Call to Conscience on the 90th Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr."

“If we do not pull our nation back from the brink, find ways to confirm our common humanity in all interactions and communications, and unite in the common struggle to defend the core principles of our democracy, we are at risk of moral, social and national collapse.”

Read the full statement