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Old March 12th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #1

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Martin Luther King Jr. and allegations of marital infidelity


Recently I've seen several claims that MLK had a reputation as a womanizer. Apparently this rumor was spread not only by his critics and enemies (who also claimed he was in kahoots with the Communists, or "the Jews") but also by at least one of his favorable biographers.

Is there any truth to this, or is it just a piece of malicious propaganda?
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Are you trying to cause trouble or something?

Quack quack quack...

The big "R" word for sure.
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I was able to locate this:
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Hoping to prove the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was under the influence of Communists, the FBI kept the civil rights leader under constant surveillance.
The agency's hidden tape recorders turned up almost nothing about communism.
But they did reveal embarrassing details about King's sex life -- details the FBI was able to use against him.
FBI tracked King's every move - CNN

I am personally less concerned with an extra-marital affair, and more concerned with the plagiarism in his doctoral dissertation.
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Thank you, Okamido.
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I am personally less concerned with an extra-marital affair, and more concerned with the plagiarism in his doctoral dissertation.
Links on this? I am very curious. I was only recently listening to an On The Media piece on how much of the "I Had a Dream" speech borrowed and referenced common sermons, and that this was acceptable practice in black churches. Related?
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Recently I've seen several claims that MLK had a reputation as a womanizer. .....Is there any truth to this, or is it just a piece of malicious propaganda?
I wouldn't put it past such a high profile person.
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Links on this? I am very curious. I was only recently listening to an On The Media piece on how much of the "I Had a Dream" speech borrowed and referenced common sermons, and that this was acceptable practice in black churches. Related?
Boston U. Panel Finds Plagiarism by Dr. King - NYTimes.com
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January 6, 1964, was a long day for Martin Luther King Jr. He spent the morning seated in the reserved section of the Supreme Court, listening as lawyers argued New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, a landmark case rising out of King's crusade against segregation in Alabama. The minister was something of an honored guest: Justice Arthur Goldberg quietly sent down a copy of Kings account of the Montgomery bus boycott, "Stride Toward Freedom," asking for an autograph. That night King retired to his room at the Willard Hotel. There FBI bugs reportedly picked up 14 hours of party chatter, the clinking of glasses and the sounds of illicit sex--including King's cries of "I'm f--ing for God" and "I'm not a Negro tonight!"

Note: Much of the public information on King's use of church money to hire prostitutes and his beating them came from King's close personal friend, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, in his 1989 book, "And the walls came tumbling down."

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Newsweek Magazine 1-19-1998, page 62

"And the walls came tumbling down," by Rev. Ralph Abernathy (1989)
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