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Clayborne Carson

Clayborne Carson is the founder of Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, where he is also the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History emeritus. He has devoted most of his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King Jr. and the movements the iconic orator inspired. Dr. Carson’s scholarly publications have focused on African American protest movements and political thought of the period after World War II. In 1985, Coretta Scott King invited Dr. Carson to edit and publish the papers of her late husband. Under Dr. Carson’s direction, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. He has helped produce several dozen documentary films, including the acclaimed Eyes on the Prize series, and has appeared on many national radio and television programs. He has received four honorary doctorates, including one from Morehouse College, the alma mater of King Jr. and King Sr.

Positions

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History emeritus and Ronnie Lott Founding Director, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University
  • Senior fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

Publications 

  • Senior editor, The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Vols. I–VII (1992–2014)
  • Author, Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2013)
  • Editor, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998)
  • Author, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (1981)

Accolades 

  • Recipient, Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India, 2018
  • Recipient, John W. Blassingame Award, Southern Historical Association, 2018
  • Recipient, Freedom Flame Award, Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc., 2016
  • Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, Brandeis University, 2012
  • Recipient, KQED/Union Bank “Local Hero of the Year” Award, 2011, and Community Leader Award, Peninsula Bay Chapter of The Links, Inc., 2010
  • Fellow, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Fellowship, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, 2009
  • Honorary doctorates: Westminster College, 2015, Niagara University, 2008, and Morehouse College, 2007
  • Recipient, Commendation Resolution, California Legislative Black Caucus, California Assembly, 2007
  • Recipient, Gandhi King Ikeda Award, Gandhi Institute for Reconciliation at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College, 2004

Academic History 

  • BA 1967, MA 1971, PhD 1975—all UCLA

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