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About Clayborne Carson
About Clayborne Carson
Professor of History, Stanford University
Director, Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute


Selected in 1985 by the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband, Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson has devoted most of his professional life to studying Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. Under his direction, the King Papers Project has produced six volumes of a definitive, comprehensive edition of King's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. This project is now a component of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute that Carson founded at Stanford University in 2005.
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Designing the King Memorial
Clayborne Carson, August 22, 2011
The unveiling of the King National Memorial will have special meaning for me, because I attended the 1963 March on Washington where King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech and contributed to the King Memorial’s initial design. On August 28 – the forty-eighth anniversary of the march – I’ll return to the National Mall to see the final result of a collaboration with ROMA that began in the spring of 2000.
Ron Walters (1938-2010)
Clayborne Carson, September 16, 2010
Meetings with Palestinian Advocates of Nonviolent Resistance
Clayborne Carson, February 20, 2010
Transitions: Howard Zinn and Louis Harlan
Clayborne Carson, February 01, 2010
Lectures in India on “The Influence of Gandhi on the African-American Freedom Struggle”
Clayborne Carson, September 16, 2008
While serving as co-instructor of the Stanford India Seminar, Dr. Carson gives a series of lectures in India on the relationship between Gandhi and the African-American Freedom Struggle.
A Remembrance of Coretta Scott King
Clayborne Carson, May 22, 2008
In her lifetime, Coretta King contributed to the momentous twentieth century struggles against the Jim Crow system, colonialism, legalized gender discrimination, and South African apartheid that achieved basic rights for most of humanity. She left the world far better than she found it.
African American History Loses Three Past Masters
Clayborne Carson, October 16, 2007
Herbert Aptheker, a pioneering scholar of African American history, died 17 March 2003, at an assisted-care home in Mountain View, California.
News and Interviews
King Memorial Honors a Man Who Changed a Nation
August 30, 2011
Clayborne Carson, editor of the King's Papers and director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, tells USA Today that King "symbolizes a movement that changed America. Whatever people might say about whether the movement would have happened without him, it's clear that he was a central part of the movement." To read more about the King memorial and its relevancy to our national history, click on the title.
Behind the Image of the King Memorial
August 26, 2011
In a featured radio interview on CNN, Clay Carson and Bob Fitch reflect upon the relevancy and meaning of the stone monument soon to be dedicated on the Washington Mall. Click on the title to listen.
Clay Carson is Featured on the Michael Eric Dyson Show
August 26, 2011
In anticipation of the King Memorial dedication, the Michael Eric Dyson show focuses on the life and legacy of Dr. King. In this radio interview, Clay Carson analyzes the importance of the memorial and its relevancy to King's legacy. To listen to the interview, click on the title.
Designing the King Memorial
August 22, 2011
The unveiling of the King National Memorial will have special meaning for me, because I attended the 1963 March on Washington where King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech and contributed to the King Memorial’s initial design. On August 28 – the forty-eighth anniversary of the march – I’ll return to the National Mall to see the final result of a collaboration with ROMA that began in the spring of 2000.
Passages of Martin Luther King, Jr., Featured in St. Petersburg Times
July 08, 2011
Passages of Martin Luther King, Jr.
March 14, 2011
Stanford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute will collaborate with the Palestinian National Theater, Al Hakawati, to produce the first play about Martin Luther King, Jr., to be performed in Arabic. “Passages of Martin Luther King,” written by Stanford scholar Clayborne Carson, will open on Tuesday evening, March 22, for four performances in East Jerusalem before moving to various West Bank venues through April 5.
Clay Carson Honored by KQED
January 27, 2011
Honoring the richness and diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area, KQED has selected Clay Carson as 2011 Black History Hero. For more information on Clay Carson and KQED's Black History Month program click on the link.
King Institute Summer Conference Panel to Air on The Tavis Smiley Show
July 22, 2010
King Institute Receives Major Audio Archive
July 13, 2010
On June 25, 2010, King Institute Director Clayborne Carson participated in a ceremony in Tours, France, to mark the transfer to the King Institute of a valuable collection of the audio recordings made by French scholar Jean-Claude Boffard.
Clayborne Carson and Julian Bond Discuss SNCC on NPR
April 15, 2010
On April 17th, 1960, activists at Shaw University founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Their mission? To work for "a social order of justice, permeated by love." Founder Julian Bond and historian Clayborne Carson reflect on the student movement that changed the country.
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