In response to the University of Nebraska's proposal to make
Martin Luther King's birthday an official University holiday, we
here present the MLK plagiarism page, on which we'll be
documenting MLK's long career of misrepresenting other writers'
work as his own.
The page is still under construction. When it is complete, it
will compare in detail excerpts of King's works with those of
previous authors, showing how King lifted sentences, phrases and
entire paragraphs from texts like Paul Ramsey's 'Basic Christian
Ethics' (sheesh!). It will show how whole chunks of MLK's
doctoral thesis were copied from the thesis of another student,
and from the works of eminent theologians. It will show how his
early graduate and even undergraduate student papers were
filched, and how King's plagiarism extended into his later
career, and the works he wrote after he became famous.
A chronology of the discovery of King's plagiarism
King's plagiarized works
Sermons, speeches and miscellania
In the meantime, you might like to check out these links
The University of British Columbia policy on plagiarism, which
uses a MLK student paper as an example of the most serious kind
of plagiarism, complete or near-complete transcription of
another author's work
University of Nebraska's Philosophy Department's policy on
plagiarism . Somehow they left out the caveat "If you become a
cultural icon, none of this counts".
My Daily Nebraskan column on the King Holiday... ..
...and a reply by John L. Harris , Special Assistant to the Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs.
The UNL PC crowd's King web page. Not much about King, but lots
of stuff about the PC crowd...