Stanford scholar: What Martin Luther King would think of U.S. today

As the nation prepares to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., Stanford historian Clayborne Carson talked to the News Service about what the late civil rights leader would think about social and economic justice in America if he were alive today.

Carson, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford, is the foremost scholar on King. Under Carson's direction, the King Papers Project has published six of a planned 14-volume series of King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings and unpublished manuscripts.