It is common knowledge that the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The depth of the FBI’s surveillance of King, and its ongoing secret war with the civil-rights movement, is examined in Sam Pollard’s new documentary, MLK/FBI.
Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover was obsessed with King, and believed he was a Communist. He was also outraged by King’s international celebrity, especially after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
When FBI agents allegedly found evidence that King was unfaithful to his wife, Coretta Scott King, Hoover believed he found the key to undermine King’s authority and influence. Hoover sent tapes to Coretta, the press and church leaders, hoping that someone would go public.
Hoover also wrote letters to King, threatening to expose his affairs and urging him to commit suicide.
The FBI’s war with King continued until his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Ironically, the FBI was unable to prevent his murder, despite its 24-hour surveillance of King.
MLK/FBI is available to stream online.
SOURCES: CNN.COM, GUARDIAN.COM