Clayborne Carson

Clayborne Carson

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In 1985, Clayborne Carson accepted the invitation of Coretta Scott King to direct a long-term project to edit and publish the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The King Centennial Professor of history at Stanford and founding director of Stanford's King Research and Education Institute, Carson is the author of Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (2013), a coauthor of The Struggle for Freedom: A History of African Americans (2007), and has written or edited numerous works based on the papers, including The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998) and the docudrama "Passages of Martin Luther King." He was also a senior adviser for the award-winning public television series, "Eyes on the Prize."


  • King and Malcolm X
  • Martin Luther King Jr. and Global Liberation
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • The Inner Life and Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Where Do We Go from Here? King's Dream and the Trump Presidency *

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.


"Martin Luther King Jr.: The Inner Life and Global Vision"

This lecture was presented at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, in February 2018. Courtesy the university's Media Production Services.

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