Documentary Exposes How The FBI Tried To Destroy MLK With Wiretaps, Blackmail


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https://www.npr.org/2021/01/18/956741992/documentary-exposes-how-the-fbi-tried-to-destroy-mlk-with-wiretaps-blackmail

January 18, 20219:00 AM ET

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Lauren Krenzel and Thea Chaloner produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Bridget Bentz and Molly Seavy-Nesper adapted it for the Web.

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Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who had a “tremendous amount of burdens he had to deal with, both politically, socially and personally,” saysMLK/FBIdirector Sam Pollard.

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From theMarch on Washingtonin 1963 up until hisassassinationin 1968, the FBI engaged in an intense campaign to discredit Martin Luther King Jr. and his work. Film director Sam Pollard chronicles those efforts in the new documentary,MLK/FBI.

“The first fear that [FBI director J. Edgar Hoover] had was that King was going to align himself with the Communist Party, which … J. Edgar Hoover was…

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