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Foothill Authors Series: Dr. Clayborne Carson
In Celebration of Black History Month
Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)
February 14, 2013
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The Foothill College Authors Series presents a guest lecture by featuring Clayborne Carson, Ph.D. Dr. Carson is the founding director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research & Education Institute at Stanford University. The presentation is Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hearthside Lounge. Admission is free. Selected in 1985 by the late Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband, Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson has devoted most of his professional life to studying Martin Luther King Jr., and the movements King inspired. Under his direction, the King Papers Project has produced six volumes of a definitive, comprehensive edition of King's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications and unpublished writings. During 2009 he also served as the King Distinguished Professor at Morehouse College and the first executive director of that institutionís King Collection. He has been a visiting professor or visiting fellow at American University; University of California, Berkeley; Emory University; Harvard University; and the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. During his undergraduate years at UCLA, Carson participated in civil rights and antiwar protests, and many of his subsequent writings reflect his experiences by stressing the importance of grassroots political activity within the African-American freedom struggle. His first book, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, remains the definitive history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the most dynamic and innovative civil rights organization. Published in 1981, In Struggle won the Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner Award. His other publications include Malcolm X: The FBI File. He is co-author of African American Lives: The Struggle for Freedom, a comprehensive survey of African-American history. Dr. Carson also served as senior advisor for a 14-part, award-winning, public television series on the civil rights movement entitled Eyes on the Prize and co-edited the Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader. In addition, he served as historical advisor for Freedom on My Mind, which was nominated for an Oscar in 1995, as well as for Chicano!, Blacks and Jews, Citizen King, Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power, and Have You Heard from Johannesburg?, a multipart documentary about the international campaign against apartheid in South Africa. In 1985 he was invited by Coretta Scott King to direct a long-term project to edit and publish the definitive multivolume edition, The Papers of Martin Luther King Jr., that includes many of Kingís speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. This project is being conducted under the auspices of the King Institute at Stanford in association with the King Center and the King Estate. In addition to these volumes, he has written or co-edited numerous other works based on the papers, including A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.; The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., compiled from Kingís autobiographical writings; and A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Carson wrote Passages of Martin Luther King, a play that was initially produced by Stanfordís Drama Department in 1993. The play recreates the journey of the young King to the mature King, from youthful clergyman to passionate advocate for world peace. The play formed the basis for the award-winning Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. It has been performed at various locations across the country, and made its international premiere in 2007, at the Beijing Oriental Pioneer Theatre performed by the National Theatre of China. Full houses viewed the four subsequent performances of the first drama to bring together Chinese actors and African-American gospel singers. Dr. Carson also collaborated with the Roma Design Group of San Francisco to create the winning proposal in an international competition to design the national King memorial in Washington, D. C. Among the many honors and awards Dr. Carson has received, the honorary degree he received in 2007 from Morehouse College had special meaning, because it made him part of the community of Morehouse Men that includes Martin Luther King Jr. and Sr. Dr. Carson has lectured at more than a hundred colleges and universities in nearly every state, as well as in more than a dozen nations. He has appeared on national radio and television shows, including Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, The NewsHour, Fresh Air, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose, and Marketplace.
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