FBI believed that Martin Luther King Jr. had secret lovechild, orgies

So did David Garrow, whose 1986 biography of King, Bearing the Cross, is full of references to King’s sexual escapades.

Garrow wrote about a number of extramarital affairs, including one woman King saw almost daily. According to Garrow, “that relationship … increasingly became the emotional centerpiece of King’s life, but it did not eliminate the incidental couplings … of King’s travels.”

He alleged that King explained his extramarital affairs as “a form of anxiety reduction.” Garrow asserted that King’s supposed promiscuity caused him “painful and at times overwhelming guilt.” (Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. William Morrow & Co. 1986. pp. 375–6)

See also selections from Bearing the Cross here.

The FBI story here.

He remains an icon, of course. Even today I heard him quoted in a sermon. Nobody’s going to tear down any of his statues. Ever.

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