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Martin Luther King Cheated On His Wife & Other Lesser-Known Facts About The Civil Rights Leader...
International Business Times ^ | 1/21/13 | Jeff Stone

Posted on 01/19/2014 10:57:32 PM PST by boknows

Edited on 01/20/2014 1:04:31 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

One of the easiest things to forget about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is that he was just a person. One of the most influential people of the 20th century, no doubt, but a person with unique flaws and quirks that made him different from the Christ-like figure he’s often portrayed as today.

At the time of King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, he was still the personification of the civil rights movement in the United States. But those near him said he appeared to have lost a step, in part because of conflicts in his inner circle of advisers and a growing estrangement from his former ally President Lyndon B. Johnson over the Vietnam War.

Five years after his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, though, and 40 years before the first African-American  became president, King stepped onto the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.

King was on the balcony sneaking a cigarette

When racist assassin James Earl Ray aimed his rifle sight at King, he almost certainly saw the civil rights leader doing something King's children never saw him doing: smoking. King was a lifelong smoker, although very few – if any – pictures exist as proof because he never smoked in public. King didn’t want his family to know about the habit.

After King was shot, his advisers stopped the bleeding while one of them, Dr. Billy Kyles, removed a pack of cigarettes from King’s pocket.

The Kennedy brothers allowed FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to wiretap King

Excerpt, more at ibtimes.com


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1 posted on 01/19/2014 10:57:32 PM PST by boknows
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To: boknows

He’s the only individual who has a national holiday named after him. Presidents Washington, Lincoln and the rest were rolled up into President’s day.


2 posted on 01/19/2014 11:01:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: boknows

Adulterer, Communist sympathizer, pliagiarist, serial liar. MLK, Jr. Day is as phony a holiday as is Kwanza. Thankful I’m working tomorrow.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 11:08:38 PM PST by twister881
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To: boknows

White guilt wipes away MLK’s sins/s


4 posted on 01/19/2014 11:19:58 PM PST by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Presidents Washington, Lincoln and the rest were rolled up into President’s day.
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Not quite....
We used to get a Holiday for Lincoln Feb 12 then Washington Feb 22. When King was ‘so awarded’ they combined them.
Va went so far as to name Lee Jackson day to coincide with MLK.

When they first honored ‘MLK’ day it was warned that one day ‘they’ would use MLK the same as GW an Lincoln as caricatures for Sales....

This year some group was suing because ‘they’ had MLK sporting a Crown and looking like a Mad Ave pitchman.


5 posted on 01/19/2014 11:23:45 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --Because you have your head up your arse doesn't mean you have to have a crappy outlook.)
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To: boknows

What was the cigarette brand name?


6 posted on 01/19/2014 11:28:15 PM PST by Scram1
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To: Scram1

Salem.


7 posted on 01/19/2014 11:30:57 PM PST by Scram1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is the only AMERICAN to have a national holiday. Columbus has a national holiday too.


8 posted on 01/19/2014 11:34:44 PM PST by Monterrosa-24
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To: boknows

there are plenty of websites for haters and mean people, post that crap there not here!


9 posted on 01/20/2014 12:06:50 AM PST by big bad easter bunny (If it weren't for coffee I would still be living with my parents!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Some states follow the cult of Cesar Chavez. An article in Breitbart News gives the rest of the story about Chavez and helps us understand why Obama has been pushing for the holiday that is commemorated in a few states to become a national holiday.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/04/01/The-Cult-of-Cesar-Chavez


10 posted on 01/20/2014 12:07:42 AM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: big bad easter bunny

The truth hurts. King was no hero. Just another pawn.


11 posted on 01/20/2014 12:22:23 AM PST by Republican1795.
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He’s the only individual who has a national holiday named after him. Presidents Washington, Lincoln and the rest were rolled up into President’s day.

My opinion is, there is a MLK day, for one reason, and I think we know what that is. I do not plan to do anything differently then I normally do.

12 posted on 01/20/2014 12:35:40 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: boknows
spent the last night of his life

To be fair, he probably didn't know it would be the last.

13 posted on 01/20/2014 12:37:13 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: palmer
To be fair, he probably didn't know it would be the last.

From what I've heard the gal he spent it with wasn't one of "His" people, it was just the way he rolled.

14 posted on 01/20/2014 1:03:03 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: boknows

I saw the other day that Oliver Stone wrote a screenplay for an MLK movie that includes the adultery... the MLK estate is vetoing it.


15 posted on 01/20/2014 1:24:32 AM PST by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually, Washington’s Birthday is still a federal holiday if you go look up the actual federal law on the books.

“President’s Day” is a term used by the national media and advertisers, and, unfortunately, some state governments.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 1:27:34 AM PST by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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To: boknows

The reason Martin Luther King CHEATED on his wife is because “He had a dream.”


17 posted on 01/20/2014 1:39:00 AM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: Monterrosa-24
Columbus has a national holiday too.

So Does Jesus.

18 posted on 01/20/2014 1:55:17 AM PST by Misterioso (All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal. - Ayn Rand)
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To: boknows

And MLK was a Republican; the dems never get around to giving that bit of info. I guess they just forget. ;)


19 posted on 01/20/2014 2:18:43 AM PST by MayflowerMadam ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it's free." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Columbus was Italian.....How’s that for logic.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 2:20:20 AM PST by nvscanman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Urban legend. Washington’s Birthday is still a Federal holiday. Lincoln’s birthday was never a holiday.


21 posted on 01/20/2014 2:34:22 AM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: boknows

St Martin had feet of clay. That should not be censored. But what he did to bring down the Jim Crow Laws was right. He only asked for “Equal Justice Under Law” for ALL Americans.

Whether he would have maintained that just cause if he lived longer is a good question. Probably, he would be playing the Race Card at every opportunity to further Black Race Privilege like Jackson, Sharpton, and their guilt tripping white liberal supporters do.

A Black Race Privilege that allows black thugs to violently assault thousands of white victims out of racial hatred and revenge while the Corrupt Liberal Media, our cowardly political leaders, and the PC police turn a blind eye to it.


22 posted on 01/20/2014 2:44:04 AM PST by Uncle Lonny
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To: boknows

C’mon people, he was a sinner that did a very great thing - he helped usher in the momentum of nonviolent opposition to folks that want to heavily oppress you. Were it not for him and his ilk of other sinners, pro-lifers would have a harder time keeping hope and faith in standing up against the infanticide against the government and political regime holding it.

He helped blacks - he helped the dignity of all to be better reflected upon and supported. He sinned greatly. I break Jesus’ heart every day and I would hope that I would have the courage to risk my very life like he did.

He knew his life was going to end violently - sinner or saint, that takes balls to keep doing what you believe anyway. May Jesus have mercy on his soul.

Thank you deal Lord for that brave man that assumed the name, Martin Luther Kind Jr.!


23 posted on 01/20/2014 3:24:46 AM PST by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: boknows

That he has a holiday and national worship is pathetic.


24 posted on 01/20/2014 3:42:48 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: boknows

Other than giving rambling speeches, he did absolutely nothing.


25 posted on 01/20/2014 3:58:17 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: boknows

The way this article is written, it sounds like cigarette smoking is worse than adultery.

The younger folks are being taught that cigarette smoking is one of the worse sins you can commit.


26 posted on 01/20/2014 4:06:56 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: If You Want It Fixed - Fix It

I’ve been reading a book, “The Founders at Home”. I was surprised how flawed most of the American Founders were. They were brilliant but flawed. It is a well written and researched book, using the Founders own words.


27 posted on 01/20/2014 4:11:40 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: If You Want It Fixed - Fix It

The shame of all of this is his own people who rose out of this peroid to extort and manipulate the very people he tried to protect with the help of thier firends the demonrats


28 posted on 01/20/2014 4:18:59 AM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: boknows

We can thank Bobby Kennedy and his brother JFK for these truths. THEY spied on him... they saw him as a threat. THE TWO GREATEST DIMRAT HEROES OF MODERN TIMES. jackson and sharpton must be so proud.


29 posted on 01/20/2014 4:27:27 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: FR_addict

Franklin would have been a hoot to party with... in my younger days.


30 posted on 01/20/2014 4:30:36 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: big bad easter bunny
there are plenty of websites for haters and mean people, post that crap there not here!

Interesting response to this article, but MLK was just a man like all of us a flawed individual. Is it hateful and racist to discuss MLK the man verses MLK the demigod today?

A brave personal observation on this day about 'the dream.' I am uncomfortable with discussing MLK day in public. Is it because I am hateful or is it because I see the efforts of MLK for ALL people nothing more than a flash in the pan of American History.

When mortal men place other mortal men in the position of demigods we are often disappointed in the results. I look around and wonder where this 'dream' is? Not where it has taken us, but where did it go?

We are a nation divided along ideas of 'race,' more now, than anytime in the past 40 years or so.

31 posted on 01/20/2014 4:49:37 AM PST by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: Mark17

You already have...... you made a post about MLK

That’s the reason for the day......... To pound his memory into the collective conscious.


32 posted on 01/20/2014 4:53:05 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: boknows

Also plagiarized his PHD thesis among other things.


33 posted on 01/20/2014 5:12:56 AM PST by glorgau
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To: boknows

Look at why his entourage was staying at the Lorraine instead of the Holiday Inn in Memphis. I was friends with the former manager of the Holiday Inn and King and his group stayed there in a previous visit and stuck them with a large bill left unpaid. The group was refused again the second time they returned for the Sanitation Worker’s Strike and the group had to go to the lesser desirable Lorraine.


34 posted on 01/20/2014 5:23:38 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: twister881

“Adulterer, Communist sympathizer, pliagiarist, serial liar. MLK, Jr. Day is as phony a holiday as is Kwanza. Thankful I’m working tomorrow.”

PING! I’d work MLK day for nothing!


35 posted on 01/20/2014 5:26:34 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: big bad easter bunny

He was an adulterous collie.


36 posted on 01/20/2014 5:28:57 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: patriot08

Commie. (Dang auto correct!)


37 posted on 01/20/2014 5:30:52 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: boknows

Ah, he was just keepin’ it real.


38 posted on 01/20/2014 5:32:22 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: boknows

So smoking killed him???


39 posted on 01/20/2014 5:32:44 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: big bad easter bunny

Truth is not hate.


40 posted on 01/20/2014 5:33:36 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: patriot08

I was just gonna say “don’t go dissin’ Lassie”! LOL


41 posted on 01/20/2014 5:36:37 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Lol..yeah that was pretty funny. :)


42 posted on 01/20/2014 5:49:48 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: twister881

I have a relative who is totally wrapped up in the King Legacy. He claims to be a Christian and draws strength from his life. I question how a serial adulterer who cheated on his wife can be a moral role model for anyone.


43 posted on 01/20/2014 5:51:33 AM PST by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: boknows
How dare you attack Saint Martin Luther King! I'm going to spend the day reading his every word (even though he probably didn't write anything meaningful), and then I'll stay home so I don't have to go anywhere near any MLK designated streets nor downtown where some of his true believers and Obambi's sons won't have to hurt their hands by "knockouting" me or my family. And to think they gave the creep his own holiday.
44 posted on 01/20/2014 5:54:22 AM PST by laweeks
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To: Monterrosa-24
Columbus has a national holiday too.

Must have gone to a public screwel. Columbus was not an American. Nor was St. Valentine.

45 posted on 01/20/2014 5:56:03 AM PST by laweeks
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To: FR_addict

But it’s ok to smoke pot.


46 posted on 01/20/2014 5:57:52 AM PST by FES0844
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To: boknows

The weakness of mankind


47 posted on 01/20/2014 5:59:12 AM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: nvscanman
Columbus was Italian

We should have big Italian feasts on Columbus day.

48 posted on 01/20/2014 6:00:28 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
He knew his life was going to end violently

He didn't know squat. And if he were alive today, he'd have his hand out with the other race hustlers. It's a stinking shame that he's a role model whereas Clarence Thomas and Condoleezza Rice are looked at with skepicism and/or contempt.

49 posted on 01/20/2014 6:00:55 AM PST by laweeks
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To: twister881
Adulterer, Communist sympathizer, pliagiarist, serial liar. MLK, Jr. Day is as phony a holiday as is Kwanza.

Hey, lighten up Francis.

The worst thing you can say to a leftist moron is:

"Martin Luther King was a Republican."

50 posted on 01/20/2014 6:04:34 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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