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Clayborne Carson      

Scholar, Author, Professor, Civil Rights Historian & Director of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

Dr. Clayborne Carson, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History, emeritus, has devoted most of his professional life to the study of King, Jr. and the movements he inspired.

In 1985, he was selected by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband. Under Carson's direction has produced seven volumes of a definitive, annotated edition of King's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Dr. Carson has also published numerous other books and articles about King and the human rights struggles he inspired.

In 2005 Carson founded Stanford's Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute to disseminate online King-related educational resources to a global audience. After his retirement from the King Institute, he founded The World House Project to continue his educational activities intended to realize King's vision of a global community in which all people can "learn somehow to live with each other in peace.”

Speech Topics

The Remaking of the Black Identity in the 21st Century

Malcolm X: The Man & The Myth

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Clayborne Carson on World House Podcast
Welcome to the World House, a podcast inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., and his vision of a just and peaceful world. Listen to Dr. Clayborne Carson, the director of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and Dr. Mira Foster, Director of the Liberation Curriculum, as they talk about anything and everything related to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the freedom struggles he inspired.
MLK expert talks to us about possible advice to President Obama ...
Professor Clayborne Carson, Ph.D., is the leading authority on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is the keeper of all of King's papers and is the head of Stanford's ...
Stanford professor Clayborne Carson reflects on March on ...
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