MLK: The Real Man Behind the Dream
Thus far, I have found Martin Luther King Jr. to be the most interesting writer. There are a countless number of articles and books about MLK, most of which contain the same message. Most media gives the King we all know and love, the saint and martyr for the common good. To really understand King and his philosophies we must delve deeper into his life outside of the speeches and peaceful marches. So I’m going to play devil’s advocate and tell everyone about the real man behind the dream.
To many peoples surprise King’s secret life started at a young age, Dr. King was not born as Martin but Michael a name which he never legally changed. King, being the genius he was, attended college at the age of 15. He went on to earn his doctorate at Boston University, and the rest is history. Not so fast, after his death people began to look back at King’s work, people quickly came to realize it’s harder to find something that is original than plagiarized. King’s thesis for his Ph.D at Boston was reanalyzed, and it was proven that over 50 sentences of his work were taken directly from another source with no credit given. His first sermon was stolen, the list goes on and on. Last but certainly not least, King’s most famous speech “I have a Dream” was stolen! Yes you read it right… stolen. Archibald Carey gave a similar speech 11 years before King did. The main phrase is Archibald’s speech just happened to be “Let freedom ring!”, this was no coincidence.
Martin Luther was a leading member of SCLC, a group that was investigated by the FBI and was deemed a communist front. This caused King to be under constant watch by the FBI for the last several years of his life. One of King’s best friends, Reverend Ralph Abernathy, later wrote that Martin had a “weakness for women”, many of which would leaves King’s room beaten with money coming directly from King’s church. This comes to a complete shock to most Americans who know King as a family man who was married with four children.
One may begin to wonder, how could King just slip through the cracks his whole life? The answer is simple, King was quite possibly the greatest orator in American history, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone that would say a negative word about such a ‘great man’. King took the peaceful approach to his cause while others such as the Black Panthers and Malcolm X stole all of the negative media with their radical and often times violent views. King was liked by all from a young age, and his legacy will never be tarnished. King is the only person in American history to have his own holiday, not to mention 700 streets and 125 schools named in his honor. The American media has never tried to attack King even after all of the ‘dirt’ came out in other countries, the stories are safely burrowed in American soil for the rest of history. The video attached is from the night of King’s death and gives a perfect insight to how America perceived Dr. King. This essay has not discredited the wonderful things Dr. King did as a revolutionary, it is a direct attack on the skeletons in the closet of Dr. Michael Luther King Jr.
Plagiarism and the Culture War: The Writings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Other Prominent Americans, Gavan Tredoux, http://www.ety.com/HRP/race/plagiarism.htm
King’s Plagiarism: Imitation, Insecurity and Transformation, The Journal of American History, June 1991, p. 87) David J. Garrow, http://www.martinlutherking.org/thebeast.html
New York Times of October 11, 1991, page 15. http://www.martinlutherking.org/thebeast.html