MU to receive replica of Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 4:59 p.m. CST; updated 11:36 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 25, 2012

COLUMBIA — MU will receive a replica sculpture of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on Jan. 25.

The national memorial was dedicated in October 2011 by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.

About the ceremony

Where: Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 25

Speakers: Ty Christian, chief marketing strategist of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation and MU alumnus

Larry Wilmore, correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"

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The replica will be presented next week at a ceremony during the MU Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. 2012 event. The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. A reception will precede the event from 6 to 7 p.m.

Ty Christian, a 1977 graduate of MU, will present the smaller replica of the memorial at the ceremony. Christian worked as chief marketing strategist on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.

Under his leadership, the foundation raised $115 million, according to a news release from the MU News Bureau.

Larry Wilmore, a correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," will be the keynote speaker.

Wilmore has received many awards, including an NAACP Image Award and an Emmy.

The ceremony will include the presentation of the University of Missouri Martin Luther King Jr. Award to an individual or organization in Boone County. This award recognizes extraordinary leadership and encouragement in furthering cultural diversity in the community.

This event is free and open to the public.

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John Smith January 17, 2012 | 6:03 p.m.

Four things about MLK (Continued)
3. King was under FBI surveillance for several years (until he died) due to his ties with communist organizations throughout the country. King accepted money from the organizations to fund his movements. In return, King had to appoint communist leaders to run certain districts of his SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), who then could project their communist ideas to larger audiences. A federal judge in the 60's ruled that the FBI files on King links to communism to remain top-secret until 2027. Senator Jesse Helms appealed to the Supreme Court in 1983 to release the files, so the correct bill in the Senate to create the Martin Luther King Federal Holiday could be abolished. He was denied.
King was under surveillance because of his ties to communist organizations-Truth!
David Garrow, the author of "Bearing the Cross," a book about Martin Luther King, says that King's criticism of the Kennedy administration drew administration scrutiny. At least two of his associates, including Stanley Levinson, had been members of the Communist party.
4. One of King's closest friends, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, wrote a book in
1989 in which he talked about King's obsession with white prostitutes. King would often use church donations to have drunken sex parties, where he would hire two to three white prostitutes, occasionally beating them brutally. This has also been reported by the FBI agents who monitored King. King was married with four children.
King engaged in Extramarital Affairs-Truth! One of King's closest associates addressed rumors about King's sexual activities in his 1989 book, "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down." He said that King did have a weakness for women and engaged in extramarital affairs. As a part of its surveillance activities, the FBI did document some sexual encounters involving Martin Luther King.

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John Smith January 17, 2012 | 6:04 p.m.

If the truth will set you free then how come so many don't tell it?

Four things you didn't know about Dr. Martin Luther King

1. His name wasn't Martin Luther. It was Michael. It was decided Martin Luther had a more prominent ring to it, so he went by that. He never legally changed his name. To this day, he lived and died as Michael King.
His name wasn't Martin Luther King-Truth!
According to all accounts, the name on Martin Luther King's birth certificate is Michael and there is no evidence that he changed it.
Until adulthood, Martin Luther King, Jr. was known as "M.L." or "Michael."

2. While working on his dissertation for his doctoral degree at Boston University, he heavily plagiarized from another author who had done research on a subject similar to King's. As academic committee later found that over half of King's work was plagiarized, yet would not revoke his doctrine. King was dead by this time, and the committee ruled that revoking the title would serve no purpose. It was also discovered that King's famous I HAVE A DREAM speech was also not his own. He stole it from a sermon by Archibald Carey, a popular black preacher in the 1950's
Martin Luther King plagiarized in college-Truth!
The staff at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project discovered a lot of plagiarism in Martin Luther King's writings and in a 1991 article in THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY said that "plagiarism was a general pattern evident in nearly all of his academic writings" including his doctoral dissertation. King plagiarized from a speech given to the Republican convention in 1952 by an African-American preacher named Archibald Carey, Jr. Especially the last couple of paragraphs of Kings speech. Some of it was word for word from Carey's speech.

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Elizabeth Conner Stephens January 17, 2012 | 10:05 p.m.

It looks like John Smith found these points from this site:

There is a more in-depth explanation of the points he made at that link. The site points out it's a "mixture of true and false information," especially when taken out of context.

Elizabeth Conner
Columbia Missourian News Editor

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Michael Williams January 17, 2012 | 11:05 p.m.

Elizabeth: I wasn't going to comment on this thread until you posted the snopes link.

The plagiarism charges are more than "taken out of context." A whole lot more. I'm surprised you were dismissive of this, being an editor and all. Are you as supportive of a student who would commit identical journalistic sins.

As for the rest, I'm inclined to agree with you.

Lots of "smoke", tho.

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John Smith January 18, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.

I didn't use snopes. Snopes doesn't get the facts right. is by far more accurate. The information above is not even disputed. Check Boston University out. This information is known, just not published or talked about. There is so much more that the Government won't let you know. That is why Michael's AKA: Martin records are sealed. The Government wouldn't seal anything positive. The four things are all true and even his closest friend (Ralph Abernathy) talks about it in his book. Nothing is taken out of context.

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John Smith January 18, 2012 | 8:11 a.m.

Elizabeth Conner, like many others know these are true. I don't use snopes. Snopes is partial to making excuses. I got these facts from many different sources but I'm limited on how many words that I can post. Check Boston University were a academic committee found that over half of King's work was plagiarized, yet would not revoke his doctrine. King was dead by this time, and the committee ruled that revoking the title would serve no purpose.
One of King's closest friends, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, wrote a book in 1989 in which he talked about King's obsession with white prostitutes.
Elizabeth Conner is not being completely honest.

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John Smith January 18, 2012 | 8:16 a.m.

There is one way to settle this...Push for Michael's records to be unsealed so that we don't have to wait until 2027. The truth will set us all free!

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