MEDIA ADVISORY: MU hosts Martin Luther King Jr. scholar Clayborne Carson

March 7, 2023
Contact: Uriah Orland, 573-882-6212,


University of Missouri will host Martin Luther King Jr. scholar Clayborne Carson as the keynote speaker for MU Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. at the State Historical Society of Missouri. 

In 1985, the late Coretta Scott King selected Carson to edit the enormous trove of writings her husband left behind. Since that time, he has poured over the numerous personal and public papers written by the civil rights leader.

A first-generation college graduate who attended the 1963 March on Washington where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Carson has dedicated his life to the civil rights movement and its scholarship. He has served as founding director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, written several books and articles on the civil rights movement, and served on numerous committees and appointments related to civil and human rights.

His latest endeavor, the World House Project at Stanford University, is an effort to provide “the world with empowering resources and strategies that engender solidarity among all peoples to realize King’s vision.”


Clayborne Carson


Media Availability:
2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8

Keynote address:
6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8

**NOTE** Limited tickets are available for media representatives (one per outlet) on a first-come, first-served basis.  Recording will NOT be allowed at the event.  Interested media must contact the News Bureau NLT 10 a.m. March 8. 

The event will also be livestreamed here.


State Historical Society of Missouri
605 Elm St.
Columbia, Missouri 65201

The event will also be livestreamed here.

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