Historian and founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, Clayborne Carson has dedicated his life to carrying out the legacy of the late Dr. King. On August 28, 1963, 19-year-old Carson attended the historic March on Washington. After a freshman year at the University of New Mexico, where he was one of 150 Black students among 20,000 undergraduates, Carson was overwhelmed to find himself among hundreds of thousands of African Americans at the March. In 1985, Dr. Carson was selected by Coretta Scott King to edit and publish her husband’s papers. His limitless access to King’s papers has provided him with unparalleled insight into the great legend’s life. Clayborne Carson's memoir, Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., was published last year, and this year he will publish the seventh volume of a definitive edition of “The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. He has also edited three other books on King, one work on Malcolm X, and co-authored a comprehensive study on African American history.
As of September 2014