Dr. Clayborne Carson was selected in 1985 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband, Stanford University historian 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Papers Project has produced a definitive, comprehensive edition of speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings in six volumes. Dr. Carson has also edited numerous other books based on King’s papers. In 2005 the King Papers Project became part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, with Dr. Carson serving as the institute’s founding director. Dr. Carson’s extensive writings also reflect his research about King but also his undergraduate civil rights and antiwar activism. These led him to appreciate the importance of grassroots political activity as well as visionary leadership in the African-American freedom struggle. He, too, refused to cooperate with the draft during the Vietnam War.
Dr. Michael Nagler is Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, where he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and taught the nonviolence course in that program for over twenty years. He is President of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and author of the award-winning Search for a Nonviolent Future and the forthcoming Nonviolence Manual, among other works.
Dr. Lawrence Wittner is a Professor Emeritus of History at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the author or editor of thirteen books and hundreds of published articles, mostly about peace movements and foreign policy. He also served as president of the Conference on Peace Research in History (now the Peace History Society), an affiliate of the American Historical Association, and as co-editor of the scholarly journal Peace and Change. He has received scholarly awards from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the Peace History Society, among others. His expertise will be invaluable to understanding the emergence of The Resistance in the context of other nonviolent 20thcentury movements for peace and social change.
Michael Stewart Foley is the author of Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance during the Vietnam War and editor of Dear Dr. Spock: Letters about the Vietnam War to America’s Favorite Baby Doctor, among other books, as well as a prize-winning essay about Johnny Cash and the Vietnam War. He is a founding editor of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture, and has served as historical advisor on the prize-winning film, The Camden 28, and on the celebrated television series, Mad Men. Foley, a native New Englander, is Professor of American Civilization at Université Grenoble Alpes, in France.