Press Release

18 January 2013

Professor Desmond King from the University of Oxford will be giving the Martin Luther King Lecture next month.

Professor Desmond King
Professor Desmond King

Professor King holds the Andrew W Mellon Chair of American Government at the University and has researched and published extensively in such subjects as: race and American politics; American political development; urban political economy; and theories of the state.

His talk at Canterbury Christ Church University on Wednesday, 13 February, will discuss the topic of his latest book, Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama’s America. Written with Rogers M. Smith, Professor King will discuss that despite the progress in racial equality, achieved since the 1960s civil rights legislation, the political institutions of the United States have failed to close the gap in racial inequalities in social and economic welfare, which have become a legacy of American history.

Dr Mark Ledwidge Senior Lecturer for Christ Church’ s Department of History and American Studies will be chairing the event. He said: “In spite of it being 50 years this summer since Martin Luther King gave his infamous and ground breaking “I have a dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963, there is still a looming crisis in America’s civil rights for African Americans.

“There has been a persistent, unequal environment in material wealth along racial lines which has not been recognized, or dealt with. Economic issues are the hinge of current U.S. race relations, so we look forward to welcoming Professor King to Christ Church to discuss this situation in respect of American civil rights, and the political implications of this endurance.”  

The Martin Luther King Lecture is open and free for all. It will take place on Wednesday, 13 February, 6pm in Ramsey RG38, North Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury.

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Notes to Editor

  • Professor Desmond King holds the Andrew W Mellon Chair of American Government at the University of Oxford, where is a Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College and an Emeritus Fellow of St John’s College (where he was formerly professor of politics). He is also a Fellow of the British Academy.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey




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