"In fact, we know from King's scores on the Graduate Record Exam that he scored in the second lowest quartile in English and vocabulary, in the lowest ten percent in quantitative analysis, and in the lowest third on his advanced test in philosophy — a subject critical to the topic of his doctoral thesis. Instead, King was recommended for doctoral studies because he socialized well with white students, had won white support and approval, could be of 'useful service' in the future, and, so far from displaying any of those 'annoying qualities' that other Negroes exhibited (whatever this means), had even showed a disdain toward Negroes of a lower socioeconomic order. It was clearly on the basis of race and class, not scholarship, that [Crozer Theological Seminary Prof.] Enslin recommended King for doctoral studies.
"The possibility that King benefited from white paternalism or from an early form of affirmative action ... gains credence when his years of plagiarizing are considered. Though the editors [of The King Papers<I>] treat this issue as gingerly as possible, their volume clearly proves that King was an inveterate plagiarist who began pilfering at an early age. The seminal speech he gave in Atlanta at the age of 15 is not only, as the editors say, 'more polished than other pieces that King wrote as a teenager,' it is perhaps more polished than anything King produced in either college or the seminary. The editors conclude that the 'essay probably benefited from adult editing and from King's awareness of similar orations.' Put less charitably, the speech was either written by an adult or copped from an unknown source."
"The evidence of King's pilferage is overwhelming. The editors do not simply highlight the 'borrowed' sections but simply reprint in footnotes the original passages King plagiarized, making the footnotes in this volume often as long and tedious as the documents themselves."
I suppose the original poster finds it incomprehensible that some might respect a man for his accomplishments, even when aware of his personal peccadilloes.MLK brought black Americans the franchise and integration. Only a puritan would feel some unconstrained need to denounce him for sleeping around while he liberated his people. A puritan--or a racist. Whatever.