Westminster Announces Stanford University Historian Clayborne Carson as 2015 Commencement Speaker

Feb 26, 2015

Feb. 25, 2015 Dr. Carson's life's work focuses on the study of Martin Luther King Jr., and the movements he inspired SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster is pleased to announce Stanford University historian, Dr. Clayborne Carson, as the 2015 Commencement speaker. The ceremony will be held May 30, 2015, at 1:45 p.m., at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. Selected in 1985 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband, Dr. Carson has devoted most his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. Under his direction, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes of a definitive, comprehensive edition of speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications and unpublished writings. In 2005, with Dr. Carson as the director, the King Papers Project became part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. Dr. Carson's extensive writing collection reflects not only his research about King, but also his undergraduate civil rights and antiwar activism, with insightful works like Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., a memoir that traces his life from teenage participant in the 1963 March on Washington to internationally-known King scholar. In addition to his numerous books and scholarly writings, Dr. Carson has devoted considerable attention to bringing his research and King's ideas to broader public attention. The Liberation Curriculum initiative that Dr. Carson conceived has become a major source of educational materials about King and the ongoing struggles to achieve peace with social justice, and the King Institute's enormously popular website reaches a diverse, global audience. A member of Stanford's department of history since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, Dr. Carson has also served as visiting professor or visiting fellow at American University, the University of California, Berkeley and Duke University, to name a few. He was born in Buffalo, New York. Before her retirement, his wife, Susan Ann Carson, served as consulting editor of the King Institute.  

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