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Misremembering MLK

Featured on Snopes today: A look at the many false rumors and smears that dogged Martin Luther King Jr. in life and in death.

Published Jan 20, 2020

Born on Jan. 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his adult life to securing justice and equality for all Americans. Murdered by an assassin in 1968, he left behind a legacy of hope and inspiration for future generations of reformers the world over.

In the decades since his death, MLK's life and work have also been the focus of countless rumors and smears. Today, we revisit some of Snopes' most-requested fact checks about this hero of the civil rights era.

MLK: A History in Rumor

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