"We have reinvented him, as we do a lot of figures in American history. They become all-purpose heroes but much less complex and much less interesting than they were in life, " according to Boston College History Professor Patrick Maney, Ph.D., a political and presidential historian.

Maney shared his interesting point of view on the day the nation celebrates the MLK holiday.

"In order to get this holiday approved , King had to be transformed into an inoffensive, all-purpose role model," according to Maney.

"King became a civil rights champion by standing up to the white establishment in his demand that African Americans be treated equally, " but according to Maney, "the real Martin Luther King Junior is lost in the common modern day perception of the man we honor today."


You can listen to the entire interview with Dr. Maney above.