Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-11-06 21:40:20 UTC
Voters in Kansas City overwhelmingly passed a measure that will remove the
name of Martin Luther King Jr. from one of the city's most historic
The decision, approved by a 70 percent vote on Tuesday, came less than a
year after councilmembers originally renamed the road. At the time, Kansas
City was one of the only major U.S. cities without a memorial to the late
civil rights icon, according to the Associated Press.
Campaigns to remove King's name began as early as April, when locals
started circulating a petition to reverse the decision. That proposal,
which called for a return to the boulevard's original name, the Paseo,
soon gained enough support to appear on Tuesday's ballot.
The 10-mile boulevard is located in the city's east side an area home to
a sizeable black and Hispanic population. When the name change took place
in January, many celebrated the move as the end of a decades-long battle
to recognize King's legacy.
"We have overcome a borderline regressive electoral body that almost
didnt do this, but we thank God for the progressive leaders on this
council that rose up today and are a reflection of what one Kansas City
can look like," Dr. Vernon Howard, president of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City, told the Associated Press at
Now some of those supporters have accused those who voted to undo the name
change of racism. In light of Tuesday's vote, Howard told NBC News that
the sign would have stood as a symbol to inner-city kids "lacking the
kinds of images and models for mentoring, modeling, vocation and career."
"What people will wonder in their minds and hearts is why and how
something so good, uplifting and edifying, how can something like that be
taken away?" Howard added.
But those who advocated for the Paseo's return have argued against those
claims. Diane Euston, a leader of the Save the Paseo group, told NBC News
that the original street name "doesn't just mean something to one
community in Kansas City."
"It holds kind of a special place in so many people's hearts and memories.
It's not just historical on paper, it's historical in people's memory,"
Those who supported King's removal from the street have also said they'd
like to honor the civil rights leader in another way. The Save the Paseo
group has claimed that many residents were not notified of the name
change, saying on the group's site that "the voices of those who were
affected were not considered."
There are currently at least 1,000 streets named after King worldwide,
according to a 2018 analysis by Fast Company.
Boston U. Panel Finds Plagiarism by Dr. King
By The Associated Press
Oct. 11, 1991
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A committee of scholars appointed by Boston University concluded today
that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. plagiarized passages in his
dissertation for a doctoral degree at the university 36 years ago.
"There is no question," the committee said in a report to the university's
provost, "but that Dr. King plagiarized in the dissertation by
appropriating material from sources not explicitly credited in notes, or
mistakenly credited, or credited generally and at some distance in the
text from a close paraphrase or verbatim quotation."
Despite its finding, the committee said that "no thought should be given
to the revocation of Dr. King's doctoral degree," an action that the panel
said would serve no purpose.
Explosive Martin Luther King document amid JFK files
A secret FBI dossier on civil rights leader Martin Luther King alleges
that he had a string of affairs and other "sexual aberrations", as well as
links to the Communist Party.
It is dated just three weeks before Dr King's assassination in April 1968.
The file was released in a tranche of documents relating to the
assassination of John F Kennedy released on Friday.
Mr Kennedy is not referenced in the file and it is not clear why it was
kept secret for almost 50 years.
There is no evidence that any of the claims in the report were verified.
Its cover shows it was assessed in 1994 by an FBI task force on the JFK
assassination, which concluded none of the document should be released.
Many of the allegations contained in the paper appear to be reports of
private conversations between others, or hearsay reported third-hand.
One allegation, that King had a mistress in California with whom he
fathered a child, was attributed to "a very responsible Los Angeles
individual in a position to know".
Among its other accusations are that:
Dr King was surrounded by advisers with strong links to the Communist
His statements were always subject to approval by the alleged communist
He was a secret supporter of communism, "a whole-hearted Marxist"
His organisation, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, set up a
"tax dodge" to raise funds for its activities
Dr King took part in "drunken sex orgies" and coerced young women to
He had love affairs with at least four women, including folk singer Joan
The list of alleged indiscretions would likely have been deeply
problematic for the civil rights leader if it had been made public in
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Much of the document aims to paint Dr King as a tool of the communist
The paper paints Dr King in an extremely negative light, despite his
receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize and his contribution to passing the Civil
Rights Act four years previously.
It is not entirely clear why the dossier was commissioned. But several
pages of the 20-page document are concerned with Mr King's upcoming
"Washington Spring project" which was scheduled for the coming months.
It warned that despite Dr King's history of calling for peaceful protest,
"the combined forces of the communist influence and the black nationalists
advocating violence give the 'Washington Spring Project' a potential for
an extremely explosive situation."
Dr King was killed before the planned march.
A 'slow thinker' with 'abnormal' sexual preferences
Despite Dr King's historical reputation as a skilled speaker, the FBI file
claimed that other advisers approved everything Mr King said.
"King is such a slow thinker he is usually not prepared to make statements
without help from someone," it reads.
Linking Dr King to communism, it claimed:
"King is a whole-hearted Marxist who has studied it (Marxism), believes in
it and agrees with it, but because of his being a minister of religion,
does no dare to espouse it publicly."
And in another part says: "During the early 1960s, the CPUSA [the
communist party] was striving to obtain a Negro-labor coalition to achieve
its goals in this country Martin Luther King, Jr, and his organisation
were made to order to achieve these objectives."
The most salacious claims about Dr King's sex life are contained in a
dense collection of rumours in the final two pages.
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Dr King's alleged sexual misconduct is tacked on to the end of the file
At a February 1968 workshop to train ministers in urban leadership, it is
alleged: "One Negro minister in attendance later expressed his disgust
with the behind-the scene drinking, fornication, and homosexuality that
went on at the conference."
"Several Negro and white prostitute[s] were brought in from the Miami
area. An all-night sex orgy was held with these prostitutes and some of
The document alleged that Dr King also engaged in a "two-day drunken sex
orgy" in Washington in January 1964.
"When one of the females shied away from engaging in an unnatural act,
King and other of the males present discussed how she was to be taught and
initiated in this respect," it added.
"It is a fact that King not only regularly indulges in adulterous acts but
enjoys the abnormal by engaging in group sexual orgies."
Boston University revokes Bill Cosbys honorary degree, slamming his
treatment of women
Boston University just revoked an honorary doctorate it awarded to Bill
Cosby in 2014 and issued a tough statement (see below) that said the
entertainers treatment of women brought significant and lasting
discredit upon himself and that his character fails to reflect the
BU is the latest school to revoke a degree given to the entertainer over
the years because of allegations by about 50 women that he drugged and/or
sexually assaulted them. He has denied sexually assaulting women but said
in a court deposition that he had given sedatives to women who then took
them voluntarily. He has not been charged with a crime.
BU gave Cosby an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during its May 2014
commencement. It was one of nearly 60 honorary degrees in subjects
including education, music and fine arts that Cosby was given over a
period of decades. But recently a number of schools have rescinded the
degrees, citing Cosbys behavior with women.
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