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Scottsboro, Ferguson, and Judge Horton

One could say that the reaction of the mob in Ferguson is the act of spitting on the tomb of Martin Luther King.

Politicians, the press and sex

Beverly Gage, a Yale University historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital escapades and suggesting, King concluded,...

Standing Ovation for Oprah-Produced MLK Movie 'Selma'

Selma, the new Oprah Winfrey-produced film about a year in the life of Martin Luther King Jr., received "two thunderous standing ovations" at its first screening in New York Monday night, film critic Roger Friedman wrote on his website, Showbiz 411. Show More Summary

EXCLUSIVE: 7 schools defying city's cell phone ban

Seven schools located in the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Complex have begun to allow students to check their phones inside the building after the manager of a nearby storefront upped his phone storage fees for students from $1 to a whopping $5 per day.

FBI Blackmailed MLK, Urged Him to Commit Suicide

The FBI sent a letter authorized by director J. Edgar Hoover to civil rights leader Martin Luther King telling him to kill himself or sordid details about his private life would be revealed. The letter, which included an audiotape from FBI wiretaps of King, has never been revealed in full until its recent discovery by a researcher. Show More Summary

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Asks “How Can the Dream Survive If We Abort Our Children?”

This week, the Emmy Award-winning TV show Facing Life Head-On features leaders in the National Black Pro-Life Coalition – including Dr. Alveda King of Priests for Life and Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation – who share incontrovertible evidence that black genocide remains a reality in America. Dr. Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther […]

FBI Letter Urged Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To Kill Himself, Offered Ultimatum

An anonymous letter sent to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by FBI agents in 1964 urged the civil rights leader to commit suicide. A newly published and unedited version of the letter shows that Dr. Martin Luther King was also referred to as “an evil, abnormal beast” in addition to other offensive names. Show More Summary

First Slice 11/13/14: FBI letter threatening MLK comes to light

A letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation encouraging Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to commit suicide has been made public decades after it was originally sent to the civil rights icon. The Georgia Voice asks Atlanta Police's new LGBT officer five questions.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

FBI’s ‘suicide note’ to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. revealed

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was called “an evil, abnormal beast” in an anonymous letter FBI agents sent the civil rights leader in 1964 in an effort to get him to commit suicide, a newly published, unredacted version of the note, sho...

Fickle social media can boost, or trip up, Oscar hopefuls in an instant

The lights hadn't even come up yet after Tuesday night's AFI Fest premiere of "Selma" when the tweets started rolling out from the Egyptian Theater, virtually all of them praising Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King biopic and the performance of its star, David Oyelowo, in sound bites that...

The Full Letter Written By The FBI To Martin Luther King Has Been Revealed

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of my personal heroes. Not just because of his outsized contribution to the civil rights movement, but because of his leadership capabilities and emphasis on non-violent civil disobedience. Show More Summary

When the FBI told MLK to kill himself (who are they targeting now?)

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

We've known for years that the FBI spied on Martin Luther King's personal life and sent him an anonymous letter in 1964 threatening to out him for his sexual indiscretions unless he killed himself in 34 days. Now we have an unredacted version of the notorious letter. Read the rest

J. Edgar Hoover’s ‘Suicide Letter’ to Martin Luther King Jr. Is Even Worse Than We Knew

last weekNews : Truthdig

This 1964 photo of Martin Luther King Jr. was taken by a New York World-Telegram & Sun photographer. Wikimedia Commons Half a century ago, F.B.I. chief J. Edgar Hoover had what he clearly considered to be a big problem in the form of civil rights galvanizer Martin Luther King Jr. Show More Summary

Should Political Sex Scandals Be News?

A new book about Gary Hart and an uncensored letter from the FBI to Martin Luther King Jr. reopen the debate on the line between the private and the political.

The FBI tried to get Martin Luther King to kill himself with a threatening letter

“There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal, fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” This chilling encouragement comes at the end of an anonymous letter Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received almost...Show More Summary

Inevitably, a Star Wars Parody of That "Woman Getting Catcalls in New York" Video Happened

Not to equate the two things directly - there's enough racial baggage going around for that - but why do I have a feeling that if Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, his "I have a dream" sp...

What The AFI Premieres Of 'Selma' And 'American Sniper' Might Mean For The Oscar Race

The Oscar race has some fresh blood after critics got a look at two new contenders at the AFI Fest on Tuesday. "Selma," the Oprah Winfrey-produced chronicle of Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign for equal rights, and Clint Eastwood'sShow More Summary

Jaw-Dropping When You See It

We've known for decades that the FBI waged a campaign of harassment against Martin Luther King which culminated in attempts to goad him to commit suicide or face public revelations about sexual liaisons the Bureau had uncovered through pervasive surveillance. Show More Summary

Ghosts Of Tradecraft Past

We had a look today at some of the work done by a previous generation of stalwart, but curiously error-prone, heroes of the surveillance state. When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received this letter, nearly 50 years ago, he quietly informed f...

The Uncensored FBI Letter to MLK Found Hidden in the National Archives

In the fall of 1964, the New York Herald Tribune ran a story with the headline, "FBI Chief Calls Martin Luther King 'The Most Notorious Liar in Country.'" J. Edgar Hoover, then the director of the FBI, had found himself on the defense...Show More Summary

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