The Truth About
Martin Luther King, Jr.-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor
A collection of alleged
facts about Martin Luther King that are critical of the Civil Rights
Let's take them one at a time:
His name wasn't Martin Luther
According to all accounts,
the name on Martin Luther King's birth certificate is Michael and
there is no evidence that he changed it.
He didn't pick the name Martin Luther out of the air, however.
It was the name his father used and claimed to have given to his
According to Africana.com, Martin Luther King, Sr. said that his
son's given name was Martin Luther but that the doctor who delivered
him put "Michael" on the birth certificate, something he
didn't know until much later.
Until adulthood, Martin Luther King, Jr. was known as "M.L."
Martin Luther King plagiarized
The staff at the Martin
Luther King, Jr. Papers Project discovered a lot of plagiarism in
Martin Luther King's writings and in a 1991 article in THE JOURNAL
OF AMERICAN HISTORY said that "plagiarism was a general pattern
evident in nearly all of his academic writings" including his
Martin Luther King
plagiarized his famous "I Have a Dream" speech-Disputed!
Critics have charged that King plagiarized that too by borrowing
from a speech given to the Republican convention in 1952 by an
African-American preacher named Archibald Carey, Jr.
Some of them say he gave Cary's speech word-for-word.
It can probably be said that King borrowed from the idea of the
speech by Carey (who was a friend of King's), but only the last
couple of paragraph's resembled Carey's speech and little of it is
Both men spun their remarks off the words of the song "My
Country 'Tis of Thee."
King's speech ended with:
will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with
a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of
liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the
pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So
let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let
freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring
from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring
from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the
curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring
from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout
Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every
molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
When we let
freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every
hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up
that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews
and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands
and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at
last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
Carey's speech ended with:
We, Negro Americans, sing with all loyal Americans: My country
'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing. Land
where my fathers died, Land of the Pilgrims' pride From every
mountainside Let freedom ring!
That's exactly what we mean--from every mountain side, let freedom
ring. Not only from the Green Mountains and White Mountains of
Vermont and New Hampshire; not only from the Catskills of New York;
but from the Ozarks in Arkansas, from the Stone Mountain
in Georgia, from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia--let it ring
not only for the minorities of the United States, but for the
disinherited of all the earth--may the Republican Party, under God,
from every mountainside,
LET FREEDOM RING!
King was under surveillance
because of his ties to communist organizations-Truth!
David Garrow, the author of
"Bearing the Cross," a book about Martin Luther King, says
that King's criticism of the Kennedy administration drew
There was suspicion that two of his associates, including Stanley
Levinson, had disassociated from the Communist party as a cover to
work with and influence King.
Despite extensive surveillance, the FBI was never able to find any
direct funding or other links between King and the Communist party.
King had an obsession with white
prostitutes and used church funds for drunken parties-Denied!
One of King's closest
associates addressed rumors about King's sexual activities in his
1989 book, "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down."
He said that King did have a weakness for women and engaged in
He denied reports that he was attracted to white women and said he
never knew of King to be involved with a white woman.
As a part of its surveillance activities, the FBI did document some
sexual encounters involving Martin Luther King.
We've not found any substantiation about prostitues, sex parties or
church funds being used for such.Last updated 1/3/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Interesting, if all is really true.
Martin Luther King...................................
Most of the info is from Reportable History experts, as quoted in
Newsweek and Time magazine.
Four things you didn't know about Dr. Martin Luther King
1. His name wasn't Martin Luther. It was Michael. It was decided Martin
Luther had a more prominent ring to it, so he went by that.
He never legally changed his name. To this day, he lived and
died as Michael King.
2. While working on his dissertation for his doctoral degree at Boston
University, he heavily plagiarized from another author who had done
research on a subject similar to King's. As academic committee later
found that over half of King's work was plagiarized, yet would not
revoke his doctrine. King was dead by this time, and the
committee ruled that revoking the title would serve no purpose. It was
also discovered that King's famous I HAVE A DREAM speech was also not
his own. He stole it from a sermon by Archibald Carey, a popular
black preacher in the 1950's
3. King was under FBI surveillance for several years (until he died) due
to his ties with communist organizations throughout the country. King
accepted money from the organizations to fund his movements. In return,
King had to appoint communist leaders to run certain districts of his
SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), who then could project
their communist ideas to larger audiences. A federal judge in the 60's
ruled that the FBI files on King links to communism to remain top-secret
until 2027. Senator Jesse Helms appealed to the Supreme Court in
1983 to release the files, so the correct bill in the Senate to create
the Martin Luther King Federal Holiday could be abolished. He was
4. One of King's closest friends, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, wrote a book in
1989 in which he talked about King's obsession with white prostitutes.
King would often use church donations to have drunken sex parties,
where he would hire two to three white prostitutes, occasionally beating
them brutally. This has also been reported by the FBI agents who
monitored King. King was married with four children.
Martin Luther King Day. A day when this country will come to a
screeching halt so we can have parades and memorials to honor this man,
a man that most of the world views as a saint for his role in the civil
rights movement. No other public holiday in the United States honors a
single individual. Of all the great leaders in our Nation's history-none
of them have their own holiday. All of our great war heroes share
Memorial Day. All of our great presidents share President's Day. Yet
king -- a man who was a phony, a cheater, a traitor, and a sexual
degenerate gets a day of his own.
I have a big problem with that.
I'm not trying to take anything away from African Americans, but I am
trying to point out that
(1) the vast majority of people are sorely mistaken about Michael King
(2) that reverse discrimination is blatantly obvious everywhere you look
Been watching the news lately? President Bush just got himself in some
hot water when he spoke out against the University of Michigan for
giving black applicants precedence over more qualified white applicants.
Now Jesse Jackson, the NAACP, and other black leaders are trashing him,
without a doubt planning how they can use this against his reelection
Think about that - Bush just made a stand for equal human rights, but
low and behold -- in this case they didn't want to be treated as equals.
Make up your minds. I feel like I belong to one of the more abused
ethnic groups in this country today. Can I do anything about it?
Absolutely not. If I dare speak out I'll get labeled a racist, harassed
by the media. Subsequently lose my job, and never be able to show my
face in public again.
But what I will do is send out this email to as many people I know in
hopes that when you're watching the evening news on Martin Luther King
Day, and you see our politicians falling all over themselves to be
filmed in a black church somewhere; you might stop and ask yourself
"what about us?"