The King Papers Project: An Interview With Clayborne Carson

The historian Clayborne Carson is author of In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (Harvard University Press, 1981), the definitive study of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He directs the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, housed at Stanford University, which produces The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

When Coretta Scott King asked you to preside over the King Papers Project in 1985, did it give you pause?

Initially, I