Stanford University
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity is pleased to announce that the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute has joined the Center, complementing its existing Undergraduate Program and Research Institute.

Since 1985, when Mrs. Coretta Scott King asked Stanford historian Clayborne Carson to edit and publish her late husband’s papers, the King Papers Project’s principal mission has been to produce a definitive fourteen-volume edition of King’s most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts. The published volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., have already influenced scholarship and become essential reference works. In addition, Carson and his staff have produced books, textbooks, curricula, and documentary films on Dr. King, the civil rights movement, and Malcolm X.

In 2005, Carson founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute to endow and expand the work of the Papers Project. Funded by generous contributions from private donors and Stanford University , the King Institute supports a range of King-related activities. The Liberation Curriculum ( brings King’s legacy to K-12 students by providing lesson plans based on original documents concerning issues of social justice. The popular King website ( offers a diverse global audience the world’s largest on-line archive of documents related to King’s life. The Project also offers unique opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to become involved in its research through the King Fellowship Program. In addition, the Institute brings internationally-known guests to discuss topics related to King’s legacy; past programs have included civil rights pioneers such as Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, and Robert Moses. The Institute will sponsor a number of events surrounding the King holiday in January including the first annual King Conference on Peace and Social Justice on January 21. The conference is co-sponsored by the Aurora Forum and focuses on the international anti-apartheid movement.

The CCSRE faculty and staff look forward to strong collaborations with the King Research and Education Institute and extend a warm welcome to its director, Professor of History Clayborne Carson, and the rest of the King Institute staff.

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