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During my college years, when I thought I wanted to be a historian, I interned at the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University. Our job that summer mainly entailed writing “annotated bibliographies,” which is to say we researched every name mentioned on every letter, every memo, every anything that ever passed through King’s office. Since 1985, Clayborne Carson has headed up this meticulous project, so far producing three huge volumes of scholarly research. Now, 30 years after King’s death, Carson has edited volumes of letters, sermons, speeches, and interviews to create The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. More than anyone, Carson knows that King wasn’t killed for his belief in non-violence, but for his outspokenness against war and poverty, which until now has been hidden behind a thirty-second soundbite of his “I Have a Dream” speech. Carson reads from and signs copies of his book at noon at the Pentagon Bookshop, the Pentagon, Arlington. Free. (703) 486-2665. (Holly Bass)