The idea for Stichting Martin Luther King
Lezing was born during the visit of King's biographer Clayborne Carson and Mark Gonnerman from Stanford University. The yearly lecture is initiated by Justice and Peace Netherlands in The
Hague and VU (Free University Amsterdam), where Martin Luther King received a honorary degree in 1965. Every year on April 4 this lecture is held in Amsterdam or The Hague. The
first lecture was in 2008, King's 40th anniversary. The foundation stands for an inclusive approach to diversity because the legacy of King still is too relevant today. In 2018 the
lecture was held in The Hague, discussing "Live together or perish as fools".