Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American activist in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his "I Have A Dream" speech. Thanks to his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, he has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

Martin Luther King led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, in 1962, and organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1965, he and the SCLC helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches and the following year, he took the movement north to Chicago. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled "Beyond Vietnam". King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., called the Poor People's Campaign. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. His death was followed by riots in many U.S. cities. Allegations that James Earl Ray, the man convicted of killing King, had been framed or acted in concert with government agents persisted for decades after the shooting, and the jury of a 1999 civil trial found Loyd Jowers to be complicit in a conspiracy against King. [1]

FBI's attempt to derail King

After delivering his "I Have A Dream Speech," at the 1963 March on Washington, the government's interest of the leader intensified. One FBI memo refers to King as "the most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country." Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover feared Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so much he sent King an anonymous letter urging him to commit suicide. FBI records give a detailed account of the organization's efforts to derail King's civil rights work.

In an effort to prove he was under Communist influence, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover spent significant resources monitoring King's movements and eavesdropping on his communications. Attorney General Robert Kennedy gave consent, allowing the organization to break into King's office and home installing phone taps and bugs to track the leader's movements and conversations as well as those of his associates. Although the recordings did not reveal any association with the Communist Party, they did reveal extensive details about his extramarital affairs.

After learning King would be the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, Hoover took his fanatical obsession with obliterating King to the next level. Agents sent the reverend an anonymous note, chastising him for his affairs and implying that he should commit suicide. [1]

FBI's letter to King

Here is the letter delivered to King anonymously by the FBI.

KING,

In view of your low grade... I will not dignify your name with either a Mr. or a Reverend or a Dr. And, your last name calls to mind only the type of King such as King Henry the VIII...

King, look into your heart. You know you are a complete fraud and a great liability to all of us Negroes. White people in this country have enough frauds of their own but I am sure they don't have one at this time anywhere near your equal. You are no clergyman and you know it. I repeat you are a colossal fraud and an evil, vicious one at that. You could not believe in God... Clearly you don't believe in any personal moral principles.

King, like all frauds your end is approaching. You could have been our greatest leader. You, even at an early age have turned out to be not a leader but a dissolute, abnormal moral imbecile. We will now have to depend on our older leaders like Wilkins, a man of character and thank God we have others like him. But you are done. Your "honorary" degrees, your Nobel Prize (what a grim farce) and other awards will not save you. King, I repeat you are done.

No person can overcome facts, not even a fraud like yourself... I repeat — no person can argue successfully against facts... Satan could not do more. What incredible evilness... King you are done.

The American public, the church organizations that have been helping — Protestant, Catholic and Jews will know you for what you are — an evil, abnormal beast. So will others who have backed you. You are done.

King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do it (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation. [1]

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MLK Jr. contributed greatly to the CRM. It was thanks to him that the CRM was considered a success even though African Americans are still not treated equally. Anyhow, it's a perpetual dream to be realized, and MLK helped leap a giant step.

on January 26, 2015
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Unfortunately "we are still not free" until we get rid of those corrupt cops that shoot colored people with impunity and the judges who let those cops get away with murder.

MLK wouldn't have approved.

on January 20, 2015
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Great man. Not underrated at all. I am not the only one who suspect that after failing to convince him the commit suicide, the FBI hired a scapegoat to kill him. The scapegoat was James Earl Ray. In 1999 the King family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jowers for the sum of $100. During the trial both the family and Jowers cooperated in presenting evidence alleging a government conspiracy, while the government agencies they accused of wrongdoing could not defend themselves because they were not named as defendants. Based on the one sided evidence presented to the jury they ruled that Loyd Jowers and others, including unspecified governmental agencies, were all part of a conspiracy to kill King.

on August 15, 2014
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Ronald Duck I'm a firm believer of most conspiracy theories except the moon hoax. I believe MLK was killed by the order of Hoover. I also believe JFK's death has something to do with the banking cartel..

Rovahkin Rawr So MLK was officially declared to have been murdered by the government? How did this fact elude me?

Andrew Chen Fact or fiction?

Alfred Evans Is it time to dig up JFK's bones?

LJ Saffaron So this is it. Why does nobody know about it? Snowden made the right choice to leave the country.

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I miss Martin Luther King especially in times like this. Keeping a movement peaceful, orderly, focused and politically correct is often an under appreciated accomplishment. Leaders like Martin Luther King did it. It takes not only great leadership, but also an immense amount of energy and efforts to steer a nationwide movement in the correct direction to the point where it finally gained recognition and achieved the goals the movement set for itself.

The recent development of Ferguson shows a spontaneous protest will never work. Without a good leader, it's a matter of time before a crowd begin looting and vandalizing, eventually costing their support and sympathy from the rest of the nation.

on August 17, 2014
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He is the greatest speech giver in history. For "I Have A Dream" alone, he deserves immortality! I'm disappointed that 51 years after this speech, racism is still running rampant and negro are still being murdered, arrested and discriminated against in some part of the country.

For those too lazy to look, here's MLK's "I have a dream" on August 28 1963.

on August 16, 2014
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Definitely a man with great qualities. Provided leadership for the Civil Rights Movement. However, he is also overrated beyond belief. The struggle started way before he jumped on the bandwagon, and later riding on the success of thousands of other nameless heroes. It's fine, because the Movement needed an iconic figure to inspire and lead.

"Without discounting King’s importance, it would be sheer fiction to call him the leader of what was fundamentally an amorphous, fluid, dispersed movement."

on August 16, 2014

Year 2ker I think he's the opposite of Hitler on the internet. An I Win button.

John Devander @Year 2ker That would be Chuck Norris.

Paul Nebuchadnezzar @Year 2ker That would be Good Guy Greg.

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He was with MLK.. MLK was a good man, Jessie Jackson is nothing but a dumbass

on February 14, 2014

Juan Smith ROLF!

Alfred Evans Don't wish people dead, kid!

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He risked his life to help other people. I think he is very smart and compassionate and I admire him a lot.

on February 14, 2014
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I don't pretend to know a lot about the Civil Rights Movement, because honestly I really don't. All I know is that Martin Luther King is revered as a symbol of equality because he was one of the forerunners of a constant struggle of this nation.

on January 22, 2014
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The cynicism on this site is ridiculous. So, tell me. If Martin Luther King and Mandela weren't great men, then who was? In the midst of such a massive breach of civil rights committed by Obama and the NSA, we would soon need another hero like the MLK to stand for us. Yeah let's not glorify MLK more than he deserved, NOT.

on January 20, 2014

Benny Davis Are you saying that we should just worship "great men" whenever and whomever we're told to?

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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United States
Born :
15 Jan 1929

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Rating: 78.8 out of 100 based on 13 jurors.