In the style of Michael Moore:
[…Fade In, Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his famous “I have a dream speech”…]
[…Segue to stock footage of King walking into Highlander Folk School with Miles Horton and Don West…]
Voiceover: What exactly was King’s dream? Was it to see people judge each other by the content of their character, or was it to incite riots with the help of his communist friends?
[…stock footage of race riots in the 1950s South…]
Voiceover: What was his purpose when he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with his personal aide, convicted felon Bayard Rustin who had joined the Young Communist League at New York City College in 1936?
[…camera close-up of January 23, 1953 Los Angeles Times story on Rustin’s conviction and 2-year sentence…]
Voiceover: The SCLC says that it’s beginnings can be traced back to the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the 1950s. But can an organization formed by King be trusted to tell the truth? Why don’t we ask his own admirers.
[…head shot of David J. Garrow, a leftist academic…]
Interviewer: In “The Journal of American History”, June 1991, you wrote about King’s academic reputation. What did you say?
Garrow: “King’s academic compositions, especially at Boston University, were almost without exception little more than summary descriptions… and comparisons of other’s writings. Nonetheless, the papers almost always received desirable letter grades, strongly suggesting that King’s professors did not expect more.”
[…camera close-up of King’s doctoral dissertation, “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Harry Nelson Wieman” side-by-side with “The Place of Reason in Paul Tillich’s Concept of God”, the doctoral dissertation of Dr. Jack Boozer…]
Voiceover: There are, in fact, more than 50 complete sentences in the two compositions that are identical.
[…pan shot of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change…]
[…fade in of “The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr”, an official publication by the MLKCNSC…]
Voice reading from the publication: “Judged retroactively by the standards of academic scholarship, [his writings] are tragically flawed by numerous instances of plagiarism. Appropriated passages are particularly evident in his writings in his major field of graduate study, systematic theology.”
[…cut to field interview with homeless Black man at site of King’s speech…]
Interviewer: What has Martin Luther King, Jr. done for you?
Homeless man: […toothless laugh…] Fo’ me? Nuttin’. He make it hard fo’ me ‘cause da white man don’t want to help me no mo’.
[…cut to King stepping out of limousine to attend lavish party at White House…]
Voiceover: He may not have helped ordinary common people, but he certainly has helped himself to a lifestyle that most American’s can only dream about.
[…fade in of King’s smiling face as he bites into caviar snack…]
Voiceover: Maybe that was his dream.