A Texas group has made billboards saying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican, and that minority voters should vote Republican too.

The man behind the billboards in Texas, Claver Kamau-Imani, said his group whose site is RagingElephants.org, tries to court minority voters to the Republican Party, reports Memphis station WREG.

“The use of Dr. King, because of him being an icon in the community, we feel would be most effective. That’s why we used it. We have the documentation to back the claims we’re making on the billboard,” Kamau-Imani says.

Others would question the claim. For example, Republican congressional candidate Charlotte Bergmann in Memphis made the same assertion about Dr. King in a billboard, and PolitiFact rated her billboard “false.”

Dr. King said himself that he never endorsed candidates.

In 2008, his son, Martin Luther King III, was quoted in an Associated Press article, saying, “It is disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican. It is even more outrageous to suggest he would support the Republican Party of today, which has spent so much time and effort trying to suppress African American votes in Florida and many other states.”


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24 thoughts on “Billboard in Texas Claims Martin Luther King was a Republican

  1. Vote Republican, what a joke! How desperate can you be. You should have given us that history lesson when you were educating the slaves of yesterday instead of the Bible. The devil himself is disappointed with this strategy. Who’s your black daddy for now and four more years. Barack Hussein Obama. Not your typical Afro American name is it and you can’t stand it. LOL

  2. africanwarrior on said:

    Tom Joyner Should Know This That HBC Colleges were established By Republicans Rockefeller Family And Morehouse to educated Emancipated Slaves , Democrats threatened to kill and hang Blacks who attended Colleges.
    The Rockefellers donated over $3 Billion in early 1900’s dollars (over $100 Billion today). Without these colleges where would Blacks Be today?
    It was Confederate General Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest who Founded The KKK, and who made $ Millions buying and selling Black Slaves , and he ordered the brutal murder of 500 un armed Black Union Soldiers by shooting them in the back of the head , and letting 600 White Union Solders Free.

  3. africanwarrior on said:

    Get Up Stand Up Black America And Start Loving You!
    Love You Skin, Be Comfortable Being Black , Believe That You Can Do For YourSelf, Quit Depending On Democrats And Republicans , They All Have Lied And Deceived Us. No More Violence Against Black Women !
    Take Care Of Your Dark Skinned Babies Equally To The Brown Chocolate Babies You Produce With White People for The Sake Of Eradicating The Black In You. Get Educated , If You Have The Talent To Create Wonderful Art And Music , Just Imagine What You Can Do If You Focus On Science And Math. The Sky Is The Limit , Believe In You , You Are The Answer .

  4. africanwarrior on said:

    African Americans have been used and abused by both Republicans since 1968 to now ( 44 Yrs) and Democrats from 1854- 1968 (114 Yrs).
    They all say they will end poverty , racism , quit incarcerating over 1 million Blacks each year , reduce un employment (14% currently) . Blacks have low expectation of themselves based on feedback from Whites , That is why we fail in schools , and end up poor, abused, hating Black women who care for us , and instead seek White Women because we have low self esteem . What will we do if Romney wins? We pinned our hopes on one man President Barack Obama , 4 yrs ago many of us said “No More Excuse , White America Has Finally Accepted Us” . Ask Yourself ” Why Do We Blacks Always Seek Acceptance From Our Former Masters?” , in 25 Yrs 50% Of America will be non White . Chinese Americans, Asian Americans, Africans do not seek approval from Whites why do we? We need to look in the mirror and start soul searching , The Answer Is Within Us . We are The Problem , We need To Understand That We Can’t make anyone to love us , We Need To Love Us First, That Includes Loving Our Black Woman who gave us birth , instead of seeking and loving a White Woman just because we don’t want to produce Dark Babies, Are We Trying To Eradicate Our Blackness?

  5. chocolate reign on said:

    Most blacks were republican before 1970 because That party was a progressive party. Then the kenedy boys got Dr. King out of jail and LBJ passed civil rights legislation and blacks switched parties. So you should know your history Gwaned m’s.

  6. aseelah on said:

    These Republicans will do anything to win this election. Their comments are ludicrous. They still believe that blacks are oblivious to their trickery, and are ignorant and don’t know any better. I have had it with Republican Party antics. If Abraham Lincoln could flip over in his grave, he would do it about a thousand times.

  7. (I Don’t see the racist Republicans)
    Do you think that European people have an agenda to insure the survival of their race? It seems that in the time of The Obama era European countries including America are in economic turmoil even close to economic collapse. America’s vital signs are not good and it seems that the congress, scholars and the so called economist have lost the ability to guide her out of the problems her policies and way of life has created. As you know throughout history in times of depression and economic down slides racism rears its ugly head just ask the Jewish people of Germany. Germany at the time was in great economic despair which was the underline enabler of what happened with the Holocaust. So I don’t think now is the time to judge race relations all we have to know is racism is still to the point that it has a profound effect on the black economic community. I asked a question in the beginning of this post do you think European people have an agenda to insure the survival of their race through this economic down spiral? Now I ask this question do you think Africans and Americans of African descent have an agenda to insure their survival through this economic down fall? Or do they just think the European agenda includes them. It’s past time that blacks stop wondering how European people feel about them we are a nation within a nation able to generate our own economic stability. But if you really want to know how white people feel, look at a map of America in 1861 and look at the slave driven confederate states. Then look at a map of America now in 2012 and look at the republican red states. The map looks just about the same. Our cowardly black leaders and scholars are holding on to their 400 year old enemy as though he has all of a sudden become their friends segregation was a jewel in disguise Blacks started their own schools opened their own stores and restaurants and was making their own neighborhoods self-sufficient ie (Black Wall St). The whites seen how much money was being loss and here comes the Supreme Court and integration what did you think they all off a sudden started to care about us? No it was economical. Now all the hard earnings of the Blacks is leaving the communities. Frederick Douglass said: “A race of people can’t be truly free when their freedom and economic stability is based on the thoughts, actions and feelings of another race”. Obama in the White house is a good thing and I love that brother with all my heart, but I wonder sometimes what was behind it because I know he was selected before he was elected. It seems almost impossible for most blacks in America to rap their minds around some of the things that white people in power do in America and I think that’s because it’s impossible for us to think like Satan. Race Survival it’s not a joke. Peace CM

  8. africanwarrior on said:

    I disagreed with George W policies but I did so respectfully. President George W was not a racist neither was his father who appointed General Powell to the most powerful position in the Us Military ,Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs. without George W there wouldn’t have been an President Obama here is why.
    Republican President George W appointed the first Blacks to the third most Powerful post in any US Administration , Secretary Of State Powell ,and Rice . This gave the rest of America an opportunity to see that We Blacks could Handle the most senior positions in America , this gave President Obama the stage and Platform to stage his Presidential campaign from.
    President George W administration donated $ Billions to help Africa , in fact George W is far more popular than Obama in Obama’s Father’s Kenya, and in Africa.
    I disagreed with his domestic economical policies , and wars in Iraq. A racist George W was not

  9. ConanDoyle on said:

    West Virginia’s Democratic United States Senator Robert C. Byrd was a recruiter for the Klan and rose to the office of Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of his local chapter.

  10. ConanDoyle on said:

    MLK would be appalled at what the ‘War on Poverty’ has done to the Black Family.

    This young black lady is perhaps the next generation to leave the Democrat Plantation with its gay marriages and abortion of over half a million black children EACH YEAR:

  11. africanwarrior on said:

    President Eisenhower was the Greatest Friend African Americans Ever Had.
    He is a giant on who’s shoulder we stand. A Man Of Few Words and Many actions.
    He hated racism ,so much so that he fought 143 Democrats-That Included John F Kennedy- who tried to Block the 1957 Civil Rights Act . He Integrated the Armed Forces, and ended Federal Civil Service discrimination hiring policies in 1954. He integrated our schools when he Backed Thurgood Marshal , and fought Democrats -that included JFK- in The famous Brown V The Board in Topeka KS. On and on he championed civil rights.
    Thank You General Ike

  12. africanwarrior on said:

    Dwight D. Eisenhower and Civil Rights

    “I believe as long as we allow conditions to exist that make for second-class citizens, we are making of ourselves less than first-class citizens.”

    -Dwight D. Eisenhower

    (Remarks at the United Negro College Fund luncheon, May 19, 1953)

    Eisenhower was a product of his time and its attitudes regarding race. He was also aware of the discrimination and segregation that African Americans faced daily, and he viewed this racism as a most unfortunate and damaging aspect of our democratic society. In evaluating Eisenhower’s responses to civil rights questions, his actions speak louder than words. Many of his actions are consistent with his belief that federal institutions must be at the forefront of upholding the ideal of racial equality. As a result, he was able to achieve more toward making equal treatment a civil right for minority Americans than any of his presidential predecessors since Reconstruction.

    Eisenhower favored a patient, constitutionalist approach that would avoid a violent disruption of Southern society. However, by the mid-1950s he realized that he would have no control over the pace of integration, and he responded with actions and proposed legislative initiatives to provide racial equality. He was not successful in getting sweeping reforms passed by Congress, but he did build a sturdy foundation upon which more comprehensive changes were made in the years following his presidency. Consider the following:

    Eisenhower appointed California Governor Earl Warren as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Warren molded a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, striking down public school segregation. Eisenhower also appointed outstanding jurists such as Potter Stewart, William Brennan, John Marshall Harlan II, and Charles Evans Whittaker to the Warren court.

    Eisenhower was consistently careful to appoint to the southern districts federal judges who were solidly committed to equal rights, fighting southern senators to get them confirmed. When enforcement of future civil rights laws came before the district courts in the 1960s, they were upheld by progressive judges – Frank Johnson, Jr., and Elbert Parr Tuttle, for instance – appointed by Eisenhower years earlier. Eisenhower’s judicial appointments constitute a significant contribution to civil rights.

    Eisenhower achieved Congressional passage of the first civil rights legislation in the 82 years following Reconstruction. The Senate at first refused to pass the bill, which included both voting rights and a provision authorizing the Attorney General to protect all civil rights. Eventually, Congress approved the Civil Rights Act of 1957 without overall civil rights protection. This was a much weaker law than what Eisenhower had advocated. In 1960, Eisenhower was successful in getting Congress to pass additional voting rights legislation. These laws were the precedents for the civil rights legislation of the 1960s.

    Eisenhower implemented the integration of the U.S. military forces. Although President Truman issued Executive Order 9981 (1948) to desegregate the military services, his administration had limited success in realizing it. As a life-long soldier, Dwight Eisenhower knew intimately the reality of racial intolerance in the military. As president, he commanded compliance from subordinates and was able to overcome the deeply rooted racial institutions in the military establishment. By October 30, 1954, the last racially segregated unit in the armed forces had been abolished, and all federally controlled schools for military dependent children had been desegregated.

    Eisenhower sent elements of the 101st Airborne Division to carry out the mandate of the U.S. Supreme Court, when Orval Faubus of Arkansas openly defied a federal court order to integrate Little Rock Central High, an all-white high school. This act, the first time since Reconstruction that federal troops were deployed to a former Confederate state, was condemned by many at the time, but it established that southern states could not use force to defeat the Constitution.

    Eisenhower was the first president to elevate an African-American to an executive level position in the White House. In July 1955, President Eisenhower appointed E. Frederic Morrow, a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Rutgers University Law School, as Administrative Officer for Special Projects.

    Eisenhower worked to achieve full integration in the nation’s capital from his first day in office until the end of his administration. The President approached this task from several different angles. He appointed pro-desegregation district government officials and directed the Justice Department to argue in favor of desegregation in the Supreme Court. One of the results of judicial actions he instigated was the Supreme Court’s Thompson decision which desegregated Washington restaurants. He personally cajoled, persuaded, and pressured local government administrators, motion picture moguls, and business men in meetings at the White House. By the time Eisenhower left Washington, the Capital of the United States was transformed from an entirely segregated to an almost fully integrated city.

    Eisenhower established the first comprehensive regulations prohibiting racial discrimination in the federal workforce. He established presidential committees that set standards and pressured governments agencies and businesses with government contracts to end racial discrimination in employment.

    Eisenhower was the first president since Reconstruction to meet personally in the White House with black civil rights leaders. He discussed national policy on civil rights with Martin Luther King, Jr., A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, and Lester B. Granger.

  13. gwanedm on said:

    Most blacks were Republicans prior to 1970. The Republican party was responsible for most civil rights legislation. MLK was killed by a Democrat. the Democrat party was in opposition to the civil rights movement. People know your history!

  14. rhemasplace on said:

    How low can you go by trying to invoke someone who has been deceased for over 40 years to try to manipulate and dissuade blacks from voting democrat…if republicans actually treated blacks as equals and not as anything less than human…blacks would possibly be willing to embrace their party!

  15. Listening Viewer on said:

    If MLK was alive today to say that he was indeed a Republician I still not would vote for Romney. I’m not persuaded by who is voting for who rather than what candidates stand for.

  16. africanwarrior on said:

    Avelda King the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an amazing article, “A Covenant With Life: Reclaiming MLK’s Legacy”.

    This is the most articulate piece I could find to substantiate the claim that Martin Luther King was a Republican. She claims her grandfather, Dr. martin Luther King, Sr. or “Daddy King”, was a Republican and her father was a Republican.

    Mrs. Coretta Scott King actually urged Nixon (who voted for the 1957 Civil Rights Law) to help her husband when he was facing a threatening jail encounter. Nixon did not respond, but JFK did & brought the attention of the nation to Dr. King’s plight.

    Because of this phone call & action by JFK, Martin Luther King Jr. was very grateful (Coretta Scott King was pregnant at the time) for JFK’s intervention and urged 1000,000 black voters to cast previously Republican votes for Senator Kennedy even though Kennedy had voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Law.

    This one simple act of gratitude caused black America to quickly forget that the Republican Party was the Civil Rights party and the the Democratic Party was the party of the Ku Klux Klan. It was the Republicans who started the NAACP to stop the Democrats from lynching blacks. It was the Republican President Eisenhower who sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools, established the Civil Rights Commission in 1958.
    Read all of the article by Dr. Alveda C. King here:


  17. YadaYada on said:

    Just another one of the many low under handed tatics they are using to confuse people. I don`t care if Jesus was a Repub, I still wouldnt be voting for Romney. “”””OBAMA 2012″”””

  18. Djenaba247 on said:

    OH, Come on …Who is going to believe that ! The family and Civil Rts. groups should insist on the removal of the billboards. If not that…then at least vocalize in flyers and on Black radio that it’s false……and that party does not in any way represent what Dr. King stood for.

  19. Djenaba247 on said:

    OH, Come on …Who is going to believe that ! The family and Civil Rts. groups should insist on the removal of the billboards. If not that…then at least vocalize in flyers and on Black radio that it’s false……and that party does not in any way represent what Dr. King stood for.

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