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The Truth About Martin Luther King Jr. « The Washington Independent

Apropos of yesterday’s post about the derangement of Alan Keyes, I’ve been reading Taylor Branch’s majestic civil rights history, “Parting the Waters,” and noticed this passage about the naming of Martin Luther King Jr., whose father had been born “Mike” but changed his and his son’s name to “Martin” after a trip to the Holy Land.

King Jr.’s birth certificate remains a family secret, but State Department records indicate that it was filed on April 12, 1934, in the name “Martin Luther King, Jr.” This indicates that King Jr.’s name was recorded officially when he was five years and three months old.

O. M. G. The implications are staggering. Not only can we not prove that King was born in 1929, we cannot prove that King was ever born at all. If only the brave Warriors of the Birth Certificate were around to hound King in the 1950s and 1960s, instead of the sad sacks at the FBI.

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