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Posted:
October 6, 2000

CSUS Hosts Historian Clayborne Carson,
Keeper of Martin Luther King Jr. Papers

California State University, Sacramento kicks off a series of special events honoring the campus' Year of Unity with a talk by historian Clayborne Carson, who is directing a long-term project to edit and publish the works of Martin Luther King Jr.

The talk will be at noon, Monday, Oct. 16 at Joe Serna Jr. Plaza. Carson has directed the King Papers Project since 1985 and is a professor of history at Stanford University. He served as senior advisor for the award-winning public television series Eyes on the Prize and co-edited Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader (1991).

His scholarly publications have focused on African American protest movements and political thought since World War II. His first book, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, was published in 1981 and won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians.

Under Carson's direction, the King Papers Project has produced three volumes of a projected 14-volume comprehensive collection of King's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications and unpublished writings. In addition, Carson has written or edited a number of other works based on the papers.

Carson's talk is the first in a number of events encouraging tolerance during the campus' Year of Unity.

For example, the Multi-Cultural Center is now hosting a photo exhibit called "Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multicultural Families." Related events include a talk by Elane Norych Geller, one of the youngest Holocaust survivors, at noon, Oct. 12 in the Multi-Cultural Center; a talk titled "George Azar: A Photojournalist in Palestine" on Nov. 6; and a talk/performance by blues great B.B. King on Feb. 15.

The Joe Serna Jr. Plaza will be the site for a mayoral debate on Monday, Oct. 9, an immigration forum on Wednesday, Oct. 18 and a gun control forum on Wednesday, Oct. 25. In the spring, there will be a series of activities related to the dedication of the plaza. They will focus on issues that were important to the late Sacramento mayor and CSUS professor, such as civil rights and the dignity of public service. Additional events are being planned, including a Third World Writers and Thinkers conference.

In addition to events, the University is carrying out a number of initiatives to ensure the campus is welcoming to students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds.

More information is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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