Apr 05, 2021
Clayborne Carson, Founding Dir., MLK,Jr, Institute
Where Do We Go From Here? King's Unanswered Question
Clayborne Carson has devoted most of his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the movements King inspired. Since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, Dr. Carson has taught at Stanford University, where he has served as Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor of History (now Emeritus). 
In 1985 the late Coretta Scott King invited Dr. Carson to direct a long-term project to edit and publish an authoritative edition of her late husband's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Under Carson’s direction, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.In 2005 Carson founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute to endow and expand the educational outreach of the King Papers Project. 
He is also a Senior Fellow at Stanford's  Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

During his undergraduate years at UCLA, Dr. Carson participated in civil rights and antiwar protests, and many of his subsequent writings reflect these experiences by stressing the importance of grassroots organizing and nonviolent resistance to injustice within the African-American freedom struggle.