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MLK entered Crozer in 1948. It was an integrated Theological Seminary. His grades the first year were mediocre. By his third year he was a straight A student. He was voted class President by a mostly white student body. He was valedictorian.


In 1951, the year of King’s graduation from Crozer, Dean Charles Battan praised him as ‘‘one of our most outstanding students’’ and someone who exhibited ‘‘fine preparation, an excellent mind, and a thorough grasp of the material’’ (Papers 1:390–391).

King graduated from Crozer with honors as class valedictorian, and was also the recipient of the Pearl Plafker award for scholarship
.


Course Grade

American Christianity A
Religious development of personality A
The minister's use of the radio A
Philosophy of religion A
Theological integration A
Advanced philosophy of religion A
Christian social philosophy ll A
Christianity and society A

The Crozer Years
 

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MLK entered Crozer in 1948. It was an integrated Theological Seminary. His grades the first year were mediocre. By his third year he was a straight A student. He was voted class President by a mostly white student body. He was valedictorian.


In 1951, the year of King’s graduation from Crozer, Dean Charles Battan praised him as ‘‘one of our most outstanding students’’ and someone who exhibited ‘‘fine preparation, an excellent mind, and a thorough grasp of the material’’ (Papers 1:390–391).

King graduated from Crozer with honors as class valedictorian, and was also the recipient of the Pearl Plafker award for scholarship
.


Course Grade

American Christianity A
Religious development of personality A
The minister's use of the radio A
Philosophy of religion A
Theological integration A
Advanced philosophy of religion A
Christian social philosophy ll A
Christianity and society A

The Crozer Years
It's easy to get high grades when you cheat. See below.
Martin Luther King, Jr. authorship issues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
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Show that he cheated in every class for every grade.

Publius, honest time now: how often did you cheat in school?
 

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Show that he cheated in every class for every grade.

Publius, honest time now: how often did you cheat in school?
It was the dawn of the internet that caught MLK's cheating. I went to college in the internet age. Plagiarism now is much easier to find than it was in Kings day and sense he plagiarized his dissertation you can bet your ass he plagiarized on long lost assignments.

Martin Luther King, Jr. authorship issues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Moreover, the farther King went in his academic career, the more deeply ingrained the patterns of borrowing language without clear attribution became. Thus, the plagiarism in his dissertation seemed to be, by then, the product of his long-established practice
 

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Publius, in other words, and his lack of denial about his own cheating shouts volumes.

And his premise that catching cheating is easier now is false. In fact, paying an essay mill for a fresh copy on an assigned topic is virtually impossible to catch.
 

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Publius, in other words, and his lack of denial about his own cheating shouts volumes.

And his premise that catching cheating is easier now is false. In fact, paying an essay mill for a fresh copy on an assigned topic is virtually impossible to catch.
You're accusing me of paying someone to write my college essays when I was in college?
 

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MLK entered Crozer in 1948. It was an integrated Theological Seminary. His grades the first year were mediocre. By his third year he was a straight A student. He was voted class President by a mostly white student body. He was valedictorian.


In 1951, the year of King’s graduation from Crozer, Dean Charles Battan praised him as ‘‘one of our most outstanding students’’ and someone who exhibited ‘‘fine preparation, an excellent mind, and a thorough grasp of the material’’ (Papers 1:390–391).

King graduated from Crozer with honors as class valedictorian, and was also the recipient of the Pearl Plafker award for scholarship
.


Course Grade

American Christianity A
Religious development of personality A
The minister's use of the radio A
Philosophy of religion A
Theological integration A
Advanced philosophy of religion A
Christian social philosophy ll A
Christianity and society A

The Crozer Years
It's easy to get high grades when you cheat. See below.
Martin Luther King, Jr. authorship issues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I don't see anything citing Crozer and his alleged "cheating" on that link.
 
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I haven't saw that allegation before. I'm going to check it out pretty thoroughly before I give it any credence.
 

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I haven't saw that allegation before. I'm going to check it out pretty thoroughly before I give it any credence.
Just follow the citations in Wikipedia to their original sources. If they take you to a book simply look that book up on Google books which will allow you to search for the reference without having to purchase the book. MLK did indeed plagiarize often in college all the way up to the most important college assignment, his dissertation. If he was any other man he would have had been stripped of his college degree. He gets a pass because, hey, he's Dr. King. And thus, there are many walking the pc tightrope so as to absolve king of guilt while admitting he plagiarized.



http://www.cracked.com/article_17198_5-great-men-who-built-their-careers-plagiarism.html
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


What'd He Do?

We're not saying that King wasn't an incredible person who did more to advance the human race than most of us can ever hope to do. We're just saying that he was also a plagiarizing butthole.

What's the Problem?

For starters, his own university admits that his doctoral thesis, the very foundation of his career, was significantly plagiarized. Seriously. They had an official inquiry and everything.

"We had many of the same professors, we worked in the same atmosphere during our graduate studies," said John Cartwright, an MLK scholar and member of the committee that investigated his plagiarism allegations, "under no circumstances would the atmosphere under which he did his work condone what Doctor King did. It's incredible. He was not unaware of the correct procedure. This wasn't just done out of ignorance."

Despite clear findings of plagiarism, the committee did not recommend he be posthumously stripped of his title, due to Dr. King's incredible services to the world. And due to their extreme fear of being beaten and castrated by hordes of angry MLK groupies.


The first allegations of King's plagiarism were hushed up, denied, or 'excused' by academia. However, the accusations continued to flow in. This timeline shows how the realization of King's plagiarism unfolded. Not only was his dissertation plagiarized, but many of his student papers and sermons were stolen in whole or in part from other writers.

The staff of the King Paper's Project at Stanford even admits that, "King's plagiarism was a general pattern evident in nearly all of his academic writings."

Is That All?

Perhaps the most notable example of King's plagiarism was the general tone, and several select lines from his famous "I Have a Dream," speech. Theodore Pappas presents a detailed accusation in his book, Plagiarism and the Culture War. Most of the issue centers around the closing lines.

Here's how King's speech ended;

"This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, 'My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.' And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring."

Compare that to a much earlier speech by another Civil Rights activist, Archibald Carey:

"We, Negro Americans, sing with all loyal Americans: My country 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, Land of the Pilgrims' pride From every mountainside Let freedom ring!

That's exactly what we mean--from every mountain side, let freedom ring. Not only from the Green Mountains and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire; not only from the Catskills of New York; but from the Ozarks in Arkansas, from the Stone Mountain in Georgia, from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia--let it ring not only for the minorities of the United States, but for the disinherited of all the earth--may the Republican Party, under God, from every mountainside, LET FREEDOM RING!"

Did He Pay?

Not during his lifetime. To be fair, it takes balls to accuse the greatest civil rights activist in history with plagiarism. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're all going to go hide in an undisclosed cave with a bunch of loaded guns, and enough crystal meth to keep us awake all year.

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_1719...t-their-careers-plagiarism.html#ixzz2qyXR6ZrT
 
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MLK entered Crozer in 1948. It was an integrated Theological Seminary. His grades the first year were mediocre. By his third year he was a straight A student. He was voted class President by a mostly white student body. He was valedictorian.


In 1951, the year of King’s graduation from Crozer, Dean Charles Battan praised him as ‘‘one of our most outstanding students’’ and someone who exhibited ‘‘fine preparation, an excellent mind, and a thorough grasp of the material’’ (Papers 1:390–391).

King graduated from Crozer with honors as class valedictorian, and was also the recipient of the Pearl Plafker award for scholarship
.


Course Grade

American Christianity A
Religious development of personality A
The minister's use of the radio A
Philosophy of religion A
Theological integration A
Advanced philosophy of religion A
Christian social philosophy ll A
Christianity and society A

The Crozer Years
It's easy to get high grades when you cheat. See below.
Martin Luther King, Jr. authorship issues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I don't see anything citing Crozer and his alleged "cheating" on that link.
You mean these links?

Ralph E. Luker (2004-12-21). "On Martin Luther King's Plagiarism ...". CLIOPATRIA: A Group Blog. History News Network hnn.us. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
"Martin Luther King". Snopes. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
 
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It was the dawn of the internet that caught MLK's cheating. I went to college in the internet age. Plagiarism now is much easier to find than it was in Kings day and sense he plagiarized his dissertation you can bet your ass he plagiarized on long lost assignments.

Martin Luther King, Jr. authorship issues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Moreover, the farther King went in his academic career, the more deeply ingrained the patterns of borrowing language without clear attribution became. Thus, the plagiarism in his dissertation seemed to be, by then, the product of his long-established practice
I teach part time for a University. We use something called "Write Point" that scours a document for pattern matches. It is extremely effective at catching plagiarism.
 

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It was the dawn of the internet that caught MLK's cheating. I went to college in the internet age. Plagiarism now is much easier to find than it was in Kings day and sense he plagiarized his dissertation you can bet your ass he plagiarized on long lost assignments.

Martin Luther King, Jr. authorship issues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Moreover, the farther King went in his academic career, the more deeply ingrained the patterns of borrowing language without clear attribution became. Thus, the plagiarism in his dissertation seemed to be, by then, the product of his long-established practice
I teach part time for a University. We use something called "Write Point" that scours a document for pattern matches. It is extremely effective at catching plagiarism.
Yes, I used to run my papers through a similar program just to make sure when I was in college. I even cited work on the smallest detail so as to be extra careful. It seems that everyone is teaching part time at universities now days. That is, as distinguished from full time staff. You think you have a fighting chance at passing their ideological litmus test so as to further your career in academia as a libertarian? If so your University is much more tolerant than my college was.
 
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It's easy to get high grades when you cheat. See below.
Martin Luther King, Jr. authorship issues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/QUOTE]

I'm re-evaluating my opinion on MLK's academic credentials.
Right now this looks like another case of a Great Man With Great Flaws. ( so far-I'm going to keep digging) His place in History of course is not based on his scholarly accomplishments but this revelation had to be devastating to his millions of admirers. And it is obviously fodder for the detractors, haters and out and out racists.
So like I said I'll keep digging hoping to find mitigating info.

The NY Times article did state;
"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."

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Publius, in other words, and his lack of denial about his own cheating shouts volumes.

And his premise that catching cheating is easier now is false. In fact, paying an essay mill for a fresh copy on an assigned topic is virtually impossible to catch.
You're accusing me of paying someone to write my college essays when I was in college?
Are you accusing MLK of paying someone to write his dissertation?

See how that works.

Are you willing to risk your life on a daily basis for the right way of American life?

MLK measured up. Your writing indicts your character, Publius.

There is no question that MLK cheated, SmedlyButler.

There is no question that he is one of the greatest Americans of the 20th century who lived.

May you have time, Publius, like King, to measure up.
 
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Publius, in other words, and his lack of denial about his own cheating shouts volumes.

And his premise that catching cheating is easier now is false. In fact, paying an essay mill for a fresh copy on an assigned topic is virtually impossible to catch.
You're accusing me of paying someone to write my college essays when I was in college?
Are you accusing MLK of paying someone to write his dissertation?

See how that works.

Are you willing to risk your life on a daily basis for the right way of American life?

MLK measured up. Your writing indicts your character, Publius.

There is no question that MLK cheated, SmedlyButler.

There is no question that he is one of the greatest Americans of the 20th century who lived.

May you have time, Publius, like King, to measure up.
No, I was just accusing MLK of plagiarism. This is a fact. If he was not killed he would have Jessie Jackson/Al Sharpton status today.

Having deployed to combat multiples of times in areas of which were much more dangerous than what was experienced in the Jim Crow South I can honestly say yes, I am perfectly willing to sacrifice my life for matters that are even dubiously related to the American way of life. Don't forget MLK was complaining about blacks fighting the war in Vietnam, and as later research was conducted, everything he assessed about black service in the military was likewise incorrect. I have been in much more tighter situations than he.
 
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I'm re-evaluating my opinion on MLK's academic credentials.
Right now this looks like another case of a Great Man With Great Flaws. ( so far-I'm going to keep digging) His place in History of course is not based on his scholarly accomplishments but this revelation had to be devastating to his millions of admirers. And it is obviously fodder for the detractors, haters and out and out racists.
So like I said I'll keep digging hoping to find mitigating info.

The NY Times article did state;
"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."

SB
That last part goes to my previous assertion that

"And thus, there are many walking the pc tightrope so as to absolve king of guilt while admitting he plagiarized."

If he was any other man he would have been stripped of his title. Instead he got an affirmative action honorary degree. It was either Rev Jackson or Rev Sharpton, perhaps both, who also got honorary "Rev." titles without academic merit.
 
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You're accusing me of paying someone to write my college essays when I was in college?
Are you accusing MLK of paying someone to write his dissertation?

See how that works.

Are you willing to risk your life on a daily basis for the right way of American life?

MLK measured up. Your writing indicts your character, Publius.

There is no question that MLK cheated, SmedlyButler.

There is no question that he is one of the greatest Americans of the 20th century who lived.

May you have time, Publius, like King, to measure up.
No, I was just accusing MLK of plagiarism. This is a fact. If he was not killed he would have Jessie Jackson/Al Sharpton status today.

Having deployed to combat multiples of times in areas of which were much more dangerous than what was experienced in the Jim Crow South I can honestly say yes, I am perfectly willing to sacrifice my life for matters that are even dubiously related to the American way of life. Don't forget MLK was complaining about blacks fighting the war in Vietnam, and as later research was conducted, everything he assessed about black service in the military was likewise incorrect. I have been in much more tighter situations than he.
So you served in combat zones, while King was stalked.

MLK complained that the poor and underprivileged (rather than the college student) was more likely to fight in Vietnam, and he was right.

I doubt very much you were unprotected in a sniper's sights no more than twenty yards distant.

You still have time to weight your life correctly, my friend. You have been very blessed.
 

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Are you accusing MLK of paying someone to write his dissertation?

See how that works.

Are you willing to risk your life on a daily basis for the right way of American life?

MLK measured up. Your writing indicts your character, Publius.

There is no question that MLK cheated, SmedlyButler.

There is no question that he is one of the greatest Americans of the 20th century who lived.

May you have time, Publius, like King, to measure up.
No, I was just accusing MLK of plagiarism. This is a fact. If he was not killed he would have Jessie Jackson/Al Sharpton status today.

Having deployed to combat multiples of times in areas of which were much more dangerous than what was experienced in the Jim Crow South I can honestly say yes, I am perfectly willing to sacrifice my life for matters that are even dubiously related to the American way of life. Don't forget MLK was complaining about blacks fighting the war in Vietnam, and as later research was conducted, everything he assessed about black service in the military was likewise incorrect. I have been in much more tighter situations than he.
So you served in combat zones, while King was stalked.

MLK complained that the poor and underprivileged (rather than the college student) was more likely to fight in Vietnam, and he was right.

I doubt very much you were unprotected in a sniper's sights no more than twenty yards distant.

You still have time to weight your life correctly, my friend. You have been very blessed.
He claimed that blacks were disproportionally in combat. This is a falsehood.
 

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I don't see anything citing Crozer and his alleged "cheating" on that link.
You mean these links?

Ralph E. Luker (2004-12-21). "On Martin Luther King's Plagiarism ...". CLIOPATRIA: A Group Blog. History News Network hnn.us. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
"Martin Luther King". Snopes. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
I don't see them talking about Crozer, maybe I missed it?
 

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No, I was just accusing MLK of plagiarism. This is a fact. If he was not killed he would have Jessie Jackson/Al Sharpton status today.

Having deployed to combat multiples of times in areas of which were much more dangerous than what was experienced in the Jim Crow South I can honestly say yes, I am perfectly willing to sacrifice my life for matters that are even dubiously related to the American way of life. Don't forget MLK was complaining about blacks fighting the war in Vietnam, and as later research was conducted, everything he assessed about black service in the military was likewise incorrect. I have been in much more tighter situations than he.
So you served in combat zones, while King was stalked.

MLK complained that the poor and underprivileged (rather than the college student) was more likely to fight in Vietnam, and he was right.

I doubt very much you were unprotected in a sniper's sights no more than twenty yards distant.

You still have time to weight your life correctly, my friend. You have been very blessed.
He claimed that blacks were disproportionally in combat. This is a falsehood.
Do you have the exact quote? For information purposes:

"The 1960s marked a major transformation for African-American citizens in the United States. The decade also marked the first major combat deployment of an integrated military to Vietnam.

The Vietnam War saw the highest proportion of African-Americans ever to serve in an American war. There was a marked turnaround from the attitude in previous wars that black men were not fit for combat - during the Vietnam War African-Americans faced a much greater chance of being on the front-line, and consequently a much higher casualty rate. In 1965 alone African-Americans represented almost 25 percent of those killed in action."
African-Americans In Combat | History Detectives | PBS
 

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