Talk:Martin Luther King Sr.

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Nadia Ganhdi?[edit]

Why is the link to Gandhi "Nadia Ganhi"? No-where in the Gandhi article can I find the word or name "Nadia."Kdammers (talk) 11:01, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

I wasn't able to find anything to link that name to Mohandas Gandhi. As such, I changed the name referenced in the link. If anyone knows a reason for it to be changed back, mention it here. PandaPounce (talk) 10:58, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

An influence on 1960's music?[edit]

The first sentence of this article states that King was a "prominent influence on the music of the 1960s." However, there is no evidence anywhere in the article that supports the notion that King was a musician or had any association with or influence on the music of the 1960's. If no reliable information can be found to expand upon the statement, it must be deleted. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.109.60.157 (talk) 00:21, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Born in 1999[edit]

??? 1899?? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 110.174.192.131 (talk) 12:00, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

1968 Convention?[edit]

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I had the impression that Daddy King was also the final speaker at the 1968 Democratic Convention, and that what had been supposed to be a quiet ending blessing in fact turned into a "stem-winder" (Gore Vidal maybe?) that started around midnight, thanks to the police riot, and went on loo-ong past midnight, to a small but standing and cheering crowd.

"Daddy King," btw, was his fond nickname in some church circles at around that time -- when I was office manager of a church operated research operation in Washington, D.C.

David Lloyd-Jones (talk) 17:30, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Requested move 4 March 2015[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: no consensus; let's see how broader discussion of this pans out. Harej (talk) 02:38, 28 April 2015 (UTC)



Martin Luther King, Sr.Martin Luther King Sr. – Per a recent discussion and change to WP:JR, there should be no comma before "Sr." for the reasons that are explained in the previous discussion. A technical move is required as the target page already exists as a redirect. sroc 💬 17:18, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

  • Speedy support Red Slash 18:31, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Speedy support per nom. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 19:09, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. Naraht (talk) 19:39, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose per usage in sources, which is split. No reason to prefer one acceptable style over another, or to move from one acceptable title to another without a good reason. Dohn joe (talk) 22:49, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
    • There is at least one perfectly good reason, which is WPCONCISE Red Slash 01:34, 11 March 2015 (UTC)
    • And another perfectly good reason, which is that it would conform to the recommendations of our manual of style (not to mention most other modern style guides). Dicklyon (talk) 04:21, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Dohn joe. -- Calidum 00:40, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Dohn joe and Calidum. CookieMonster755 (talk) 05:00, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - Besides MOS rule and sources, typing a comma before abbreviation may be necessary. However, it is bothersome because a reader's average mind may be quick but too rushed to add in a comma (,). Also, a reader must type an exact title instead of annoyingly typing a redirect title. I wonder if the same goes for typing a period (.) after an abbreviation. British English allows omission of a period after "Mr and Mrs". --George Ho (talk) 07:45, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
No reader has to type an exact title. --SmokeyJoe (talk) 13:04, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Per sources. Per usage. Possibly dropping the comma is OK for Jnrs, as junior is sometimes used as a name, but not senior. --SmokeyJoe (talk) 13:04, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
  • User:Philg88, wasn't this a bit rude? --SmokeyJoe (talk) 06:49, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
    • Sorry, but it was listed as an uncontroversial move at WP:RMT. Since prior consensus on multiple articles seems to be in favour of removing these commas, I didn't think it would cause a problem.  Philg88 talk 08:10, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
      Now that you have seen that it is controversial, would you please revert yourself here and at the other articles? Thanks. Dohn joe (talk) 14:42, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
      I prefer to let those who want to go against guidelines show why. Dicklyon (talk) 04:02, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Support – I had listed it as uncontroversial, not realizing that this RM was ongoing and that there might be someone who wanted to treat this one differently from what WP:JR recommends, for some reasons hard to understand. The fact that usage is sources is split means there is no difficulty in letting WP choose to use its own house style that has been articulated for at least 6 years in the WP:MOS. Dicklyon (talk) 15:08, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
    Apparently, the guidance at WP:JR was based on the mistaken assertion that the comma before Jr. and Sr. had "disappeared" in modern usage. Since this is obviously not true, the guidance itself is dubious and should be revisited. Dohn joe (talk) 15:19, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
    The discussion (see Wikipedia_talk:Manual_of_Style/Biographies#Comma_after_.22Jr..22.2C_.22Sr..22.2C_etc..3F, and Wikipedia_talk:Manual_of_Style/Biographies#RfC:_Comma_or_no_comma_before_Jr._and_Sr.) considered many grammar and style guides. I don't recall anyone suggesting that this usage had disappeared, just that it's less common, awkward, error-prone, recommended against by most modern guides. Dicklyon (talk) 04:02, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose Both King, Jr. and King, Sr. had the comma in their name, and identified themselves with the comma in their name, their entire lives (or in the case of Sr., most of his life). Their names have now been changed on Wikipedia. It would be nice to not include either of them in the rush to decommatize Seniors and Juniors on Wikipedia. WP:JR was fine before a few people "voted" to change it, as it had left exceptions. As it is written now it has no exceptions, but, again, that was changed by a handful of people (which is no way to run an open and widely created encyclopedia, imnho) who must have had a reason but it's beyond me. So yes, Martin Luther King, Sr. (and hopefully King, Jr.) should be changed back to where they were, and to how the world knew them, knows them, and honors them. Randy Kryn 22:35 16 March, 2015 (UTC)
That's an interesting theory, Randy. I'm wondering what support you have for it. Did they really specify that their names required the comma? If so, then why do so many books honoring them do without the comma? Do the authors of these books see themselves in the business of changing the names of good people? Or are they just trying to style the names for readability, as we do? If you have evidence that they would have objected to such styling, let's see it, please. The MOS had listed Sammy Davis, Jr. as an example of one who preferred to use the comma in his name, but on inspection of his album covers, and his daughter's biography of him (not to mention the history of how he came to be an example of that), this theory goes out the window. So are you thinking we should accept King as an example of such, on your word, without evidence? And what if they did write their name with a comma, as was the style? Should we then always stay away from writing their name in the more modern style, even while so many other reliable sources dispense with the comma? And if we use the comma, ought we not follow all the style guides that say a matching comma after is required? Dicklyon (talk) 05:29, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
Per your example, during his lifetime all of the younger Dr. Martin Luther King's books printed his name with the comma on their covers. If he wanted his name written without the comma he would have asked the publishers to do so, as Sammy Davis Jr. likely did with the album covers you mention. This comes close to best evidence on the question. I know we change people's names on Wikipedia, the worse example I know of is Mahatma Gandhi (Gandhi disliked that name, and asked people not to call him that), but coming so close to the original name where just a comma is changed seems like literary disfigurement. When I look at Dr. King's name without the comma it seems odd and less respectful looking, but that's likely my age and reading experience. But he didn't change it, and both the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial use the comma, without an odd dangling comma after "Jr.", giving governmental acceptance of how Dr. King seemed, via his book covers, to have preferred it. Randy Kryn 11:17 17 March, 2015 (UTC)
@Randy Kryn: "...that was changed by a handful of people (which is no way to run an open and widely created encyclopedia, imnho) who must have had a reason but it's beyond me. It was openly discussed on the talk page for the relevant guidance, not in secret. The reasons were clearly set out in the discussion, to wit:

Why should a subject's consideration be taken into account on a question of style? Do you think other encyclopedias, newspapers and publications consult the subject's preferences? Making allowance for the subject's preference (if they have one) or a preponderance of sources (which likely use their own style rules regardless of the subject's views):

  • is irrelevant, as the subject's style (or sources' styles) should not determine Wikipedia's style;
  • needlessly takes up editors' time checking sources and debating preferences;
  • can only lead to arguments over which style should apply in individual cases;
  • makes the guideline more involved than it needs to be;
  • lends to inconsistency if different subjects are formatted differently and discussed together, say, in a list of famous Americans that mentions "Sammy Davis, Jr." and "John F. Kennedy Jr.";
  • leads to arguments amongst editors over whether a comma should also appear after the "Jr." (it most definitely should, although some editors find this hard to believe).

Option 2 [the status quo ante] is a bad idea. Option 1 [removing the exception] is a simple solution that avoids all these issues.

sroc 💬 16:04, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
"...both the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial use the comma, without an odd dangling comma after 'Jr.'..." All consulted style guides confirm that if a preceding comma is used, a following comma must also be used, as with the year in MDY dates (see MOS:DATEFORMAT) and the name of a state or country following a city (see MOS:COMMA). The fact that other sources flout this rule of English punctuation is no reason for this encyclopedia to lower its standards by perpetuating mismatched commas. sroc 💬 16:11, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
How often have you seen a comma used after a Jr. or Sr.? I seldom see it, and when I do it just looks odd. Style guides may say it, some of them very old, but it seems it's far from common usage to do so. So in this case maybe the style guides give a rule which almost nobody goes by. Even the United States government, in the case of Dr. King Day and his Memorial, doesn't use the second comma in its official names. Not only is not using them not lowering Wikipedia standards, but using them in Wikipedia would very well put the encyclopedia out of step with the rest of the English-speaking world. Randy Kryn 16:58 17 March, 2015 (UTC)
So you're not basing your view purely on what you think you see (WP:OR) and what looks odd (WP:IDONTLIKEIT), could you elaborate on what syntactic purpose you believe the comma serves. sroc 💬 17:23, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
A comma after the Sr. in Martin Luther King, Sr., serves no syntactic purpose other than to comply with style books on an issue which few people comply with. Randy Kryn 17:32 17 March, 2015 (UTC)
You are mistaken. Style guides don't add commas simply because they feel like it or it looks good. For example, CMOS says: "if you decide to use the more traditional comma before Jr. or Sr., the function of the comma is to set off these abbreviations, so an additional comma is needed after the abbreviation if the sentence continues"; in this sense, it acts as an appositive. sroc 💬 04:31, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Support—could we not have this disruption and chaos article by article, after there was consensus at MOS to change the guideline? That is why we have guidelines: to prevent this kind of time-wasting. Anyone here who objects, please go to MOS and start up an RFC. Tony (talk) 02:24, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose pending current RfC on comma usage with junior/senior – As an RfC at the Village Pump on this mater is ongoing, it doesn't make sense to change this title now per WP:TITLECHANGES. Once the matter of the guidelines is settled, then this page can be put at the appropriate title. RGloucester 23:32, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose unless senior is on his birth certificate, (via crystal balling), then Sr is a qualifier. GregKaye 19:55, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I note that while the nomination states Per a recent discussion and change to WP:JR..., that discussion was closed as NAC:The consensus is that, while both forms are acceptable, the omission of the comma is preferred. One of the reasons is that the rules about following the qualifier with a comma are themselves complicated. The MOS page already states that the comma is not needed, so that the MOS page can be left as it is. The MOS section is still flagged as disputed. There seems doubt as to which form is more common for this particular name, and this is of doubtful relevance in any case. For this move to go ahead, we would need a case and a consensus which would then support proposed and disputed changes to the MOS and a wholesale program to change other affected articles. That case and consensus are patently lacking. Andrewa (talk) 19:29, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

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MISINFORMATION REGARDING MARTIN LUTHER KING!!!![edit]

I am conducting an independent study of Martin Luther King and Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Why is the focus on Martin Luther King Sr. on the son and not the father. The page reports incidents out of order and lack evidence of integrity in editing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 204.62.104.101 (talk) 22:24, 11 April 2019 (UTC)