G-Ram...the thing is, the people in his circle knew about the infidelity at the time it was going on. His wife knew. But in order not to tarnish his public image, it was kept very quiet and not leaked in public other than the tacky Cointel-Pro stuff that leaked it to his wife.
I heard about his infidelities when I was about in the third grade. That was about 20 or so years after his death, so it's not allegations made in the present. It's just like Nelson Mandela was alleged to have cheated on his first wife with Winnie and was known to be a notorious flirt after his release from prison but because of all he did it was swept under the rug.
...........absolutely BRILLIANT response to the question raised in G-Ram's^^^^^ post^^^^^^.
As Bfl mentioned, the allegations regarding MLK's infidelities were made contemporaneously while he was by that CREEP, J. Edgar Hoover, in audio recordings sent to Mrs. King. And by others in the years following his death. So Mrs. King was certainly aware of these allegations, and that is where I REALLY wanted to focus in THIS post.
I can't applaud Coretta King enough for having the decency and class not to go public with all of this stuff as she knew that it would diminish the importance of his work during his lifetime. And she ALSO understood what it would mean to tarnish/smear/disparage the memory of her late husband and her children's father after his death.
Like many of you, I have read TONS of material over the years on MLK, and one of the most COMPELLING biographies that I have read was Stephen Oates, Let the Trumpet Sound,
written over 30 years ago. I was ASTOUNDED that a white author could have that compassion, sympathy and understanding of MLK and the movement as Oates had. Incredibly detailed and nuanced, it was difficult to believe that a white man could write that way about a revered black leader.
But then Oates discussed the allegations of infidelity. And while he never explicitedly stated in the book that he believed them, it was clear about his "treatment" of the subject that he concluded it likely occurred, and then VERY compassionately set for the conditions under which it likely occurred. Mrs. King was quoted during her lifetime that the Oates biography was one of her favorites as well. And I understand that the two surviving children of MLK - MLK, III and Berniece - have given their blessings to the Selma
movie, in which this stuff is discussed as well.
So unless some of these gals have "video" to accompany their claims - and, who knows, they just might have some
- you can put this matter to rest.