Tuesday, January 18, 2022


Director Sam Pollard's film examines J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI's extensive, and legally ambiguous, investigation into Martin Luther King Jr.'s life through recently declassified documents, archival footage, and interviews from those involved.

The documentary is a sobering reminder how the broad brush of Communism could justify nearly anything during the height of the Red Scare, even allow Hoover and his minions to wiretap King in hopes of discrediting one of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement based not on his political or civil rights agenda but the man's private life taking place behind closed doors. With the wiretaps themselves not declassified until at least 2027, the documentary mainly has to speculate what is on those tapes (and their legitimacy), but the range of the FBI's dirty tricks to discredit a black man who they saw as dangerous to their own interests couldn't be more clear.

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  • Title: MLK/FBI
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