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Clayborne Carson honored with 2023 Freedom Award

Photo by L.A. Cicero

This award recognizes individuals for their exceptional contributions to advancing civil and human rights. 

Clayborne Carson, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor and professor of history, emeritus, at Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences, has been named one of three recipients of the 2023 Freedom Award presented by the National Civil Rights Museum.

In 1985, Carson was asked by Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s widow, to direct The King Papers Project with the mission of assembling and publishing the collected papers of her late husband. Carson would later found the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford to disseminate educational materials based on the institute's documentary resources by and about King and other participants in the Civil Rights Movement.