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RQ-260849-18

Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Clayborne Carson (Project Director: December 2017 to February 2022)
Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Preparation for publication of volumes 8 and 9 of the papers of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), covering the years 1962-1964. (12 months)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project’s principal mission is to publish the authoritative, fourteen-volume, annotated edition of King’s most historically significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts. Under the direction of Stanford historian Clayborne Carson, the King Papers Project has published seven volumes, which have attracted considerable interest and praise from both academic and general audiences. Our extensive annotations allow scholars, students, and the public to see King in his historical context, challenging textbook understandings of him as a colorblind dreamer. They instead present a radical black Baptist preacher focused on racial, national, and global liberation, whose words and example remain relevant in a world still grappling with questions of peace, equality, and justice.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$125,000 (approved)
$125,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019