MLK/FBI (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 44m

Friday, October 16 at 10:00am
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MLK/FBI uncovers the astonishing extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, the documentary explores the government’s history of targeting Black activists and leaders. J. Edgar Hoover, convinced the civil rights movement was infiltrated by communists, regarded Dr. King as a subversive bent on challenging systemic segregation and the status quo. To ruin Dr. King, the FBI director used every means at his disposal. William Sullivan, Hoover’s right-hand admitted in their pursuit of Dr. King, “no holds were barred.” Bugs were planted in Dr. King’s hotel rooms, his phones tapped, informants paid. The Bureau enlisted journalists to write hostile stories about Dr. King, never alerted him to threats on his life, and when King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, the FBI threatened to blackmail him unless he committed suicide. A timely and revelatory film, directed by Emmy® Award-winner and Oscar®-nominee Sam Pollard.

Presented by:

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Telling Our Stories: The African American Experience
on Film w/ Sam Pollard & Michele Norris

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