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." According to civil rights historian Ralph E.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s papers were donated by his wife Coretta Scott King to Stanford University's King Papers Project.
During the late 1980s, 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.
The service was attended by King and SCLCs strategist James Bevel.
As Hall prayed, according to Bevel, "she spontaneously uttered and rhythmically repeated an inspiring phrase that captured her vision for the future-'I have a dream'".The controversy comes after a series of allegations over the past year and a half about Mr.King's extramarital sexual habits and conflicts within his family.The incident was first reported in the December 3, 1989, edition of the Sunday Telegraph by Frank Johnson, titled "Martin Luther King—Was He a Plagiarist? Several other newspapers then followed with stories, including the Boston Globe and the New York Times.Although Carson believed King had acted unintentionally, he also stated that King had been sufficiently well acquainted with academic principles and procedures to have understood the need for extensive footnotes, and he was at a loss to explain why King had not used them. 25–26 of Volume II of The Papers of Martin Luther King Jr., entitled "Rediscovering Precious Values, July 1951 – November 1955", Clayborne Carson, Senior Editor.His professors at Boston University, like those at Crozer, saw King as an earnest and even gifted student who presented consistent, though evolving, theological identity in his essays, exams and classroom comments....Although the extent of King's plagiaries suggest he knew that he was at least skirting academic norms, the extant documents offer no direct evidence in this matter.He commended King for his handling of a "difficult" topic "with broad learning, impressive ability and convincing mastery of the works immediately involved." Schilling found two problems with King's citation practices while reading the draft, but dismissed these as anomalous and praised the dissertation in his Second Reader's report....As was true of King's other academic papers, the plagiaries in his dissertation escaped detection in his lifetime.Authorship issues concerning Martin Luther King Jr.fall into two general categories: King's academic research papers (including his doctoral dissertation) and his use of borrowed phrases in speeches.