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Fear of A Black Messiah: the FBI's Campaign to Delegitimate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1962-1968

Abstract From 1962-1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the target of an FBI surveillance campaign, led by then-director, J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI claimed that this campaign was necessary, to expose the communist influence within the civil rights movement, but this was a lie. I argue that, instead, the purpose of the surveillance was so that the Bureau could attempt to ruin Dr. King's reputation by collecting incriminating evidence about his personal life. I believe that the Bureau embarked on this campaign against Dr. King in order to maintain the United States' white supremacist racial hierarchy by neutralizing a prominent black activist. Further, I believe that today, there is the potential for the FBI to take. In order to argue this, I a... (more)
Created Date 2018-12
Contributor Wilson, Bryan (Author) / Davis, T. J. (Thesis Director) / Miller, Keith (Committee Member) / Lauderdale, Pat (Committee Member) / Department of Psychology / Barrett, The Honors College
Subject FBI / Delegitimate / Martin Luther King Jr. / Civil Rights / Surveillance
Series Academic Year 2018-2019
Type Text
Extent 50 pages
Language English
Collaborating Institutions Barrett, the Honors College
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