SURVEILLANCE: Examining the extent of the FBI's surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Steve Rickinson
Steve Rickinson
Communications Manager at Modern Times Review.
Published date: November 19, 2020

In 2027, a collection of recordings will be released to the public via the US’ National Archives. The recordings, audio surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, may very well prove a substantial shift within the court of public opinion (at least among the current alt-right sympathising population – a number higher than many of us understand). They will not, however, influence the historical legacy of this monumental figure of world history – the premier champion of Civil Rights, as well as a staunch supporter of the non-violent approach to protest.

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MLK/FBI, a film by Sam Pollard

«Fear of a Black Messiah»

Between 1955 and his untimely death in 1968 via an assassin’s bullet (although, questions remain: with such constant surveillance how could a potential assassin go unnoticed?), Dr. King was the undisputed voice of the African American struggle for equality and dignity within the ongoing American experiment. A charismatic member of the baptist seminary, Dr. King would eventually become a Nobel Laureate, bringing international exposure …


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