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.
Plagiarism Seen by Scholars In King's Ph.D. Dissertation
Plagiarism and Avoiding It | Illinois Institute of Technology
King was shot at 6. I believe this article is based in favor of William Pepper's ridiculous argument that the Government killed King. If you must leave this in please allow your readers to access some work which critlllicises the conspiracists' view. You cite David Garrow's book yet do not inform your readers that this King biographer and expert called the Jowers trial 'shameful' and the King family's acceptance of Pepper's claims "egregious and embarassing". The following article may give some balance to your reporting.
Dissertation of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Authorship issues concerning Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. During the late s, as the papers were being organized and catalogued, the staff of the project discovered that King's doctoral dissertation at Boston University , titled A Comparison of the Conception of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman , included large sections from a dissertation written by another student Jack Boozer three years earlier at Boston University. As Clayborne Carson , director of the King Papers Project at Stanford University , has written, "instances of textual appropriation can be seen in his earliest extant writings as well as his dissertation. The pattern is also noticeable in his speeches and sermons throughout his career.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Boston University has admitted knowledge of the transgression, that MLK plagiarized large portions of his doctoral dissertation and that the university had knowledge of such plagiarism at the time. Yet, the decision was made to award him a doctorate. After all, he was an otherwise brilliant, promising student, and Boston University was pleased to have had him in its program.