But how does Alveda’s claims square with the facts? Apparently not well, according to civil rights history professor David Garrow , who, while not appearing in the segment, strongly disputed King’s claims in a 2010 Salon article. “King was not only not a Republican, he was well to the left of the Democratic Party of the 1960s,” he wrote.
“One could make a very strong case that King thought of himself as a democratic socialist. It’s also well-documented that Dr. King was a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood.”