READ: J. Edgar Hoover’s wretched attempt to destroy Martin Luther King in a letter | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

READ: J. Edgar Hoover’s wretched attempt to destroy Martin Luther King in a letter

In her piece about the letter in the New York Times Magazine this morning, Gage explains that since 1961, King had been on a collision course with Hoover, who had started out investigating a former member of the Communist Party in King’s inner circle, which led to an investigation of King himself. King, meanwhile, denounced the FBI’s practices in the South, “accusing Hoover of failing to enforce civil rights law and of indulging the racist practices of Southern policemen.”

Through the use of wiretaps, Hoover discovered what was an open secret within the leadership of the civil rights movement, that King engaged in extramarital affairs. Hoover decided to use it to try to destroy King just as he was reaching his greatest effectiveness as a national and world figure.

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA