Clayborne Carson

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Clayborne Carson

Clayborne Carson

  • MLK, Jr. Centennial Professor Emeritus, History

616 Jane Stanford Way
Encina Hall
Stanford, CA 94305


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seven volumes of a definitive, annotated edition of King's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings.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.”