King Center founder Coretta Scott King, who selected Stanford historian Clayborne Carson to direct the King Papers Project, visited King Papers Project in November 1986 and 1989.
Former 49ers Defensive Back and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and his nonprofit charity group All Stars Helping Kids endowed the founding of the King Research and Education Institute.
The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, met with Clayborne Carson and members of the King Institute staff during his visit to Stanford.
NAACP leader Horace Julian Bond was communications director of SNCC during the1960s. He was elected to the Georgia state legislature in 1965, but was denied his seat until the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor.
The Director of Citizenship Education Program of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Dorothy Cotton visited the King Papers Project/King Institute on many occasions.
Former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's voting rights campaign in Mississippi, Bob Moses visited the King Papers Project on several occasions.
Former Secretary of State George Shultz has visited the King Institute on multiple occasions.