Martin Luther King Jr. Declassified: 9 Primary Source Documents

Documents in U.S. Declassified Documents Online cover a broad range of topics from Presidential memoranda to confidential National Security Council documents. These nine documents reveal government intelligence related to Martin Luther King Jr’s activity during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.

1. F.B.I. surveillance of the March from Selma to Montgomery

2. F.B.I. surveillance of King’s activity ahead of accepting the Nobel Peace Prize

3. An F.B.I. report on King’s association with members of the Communist party

4. Intelligence report on “Selected Racial Developments and Disturbances,” including a section detailing King’s participation in a vigil at Arlington cemetery

5. FBI report speculating on the Communist influence of King’s stance on the Vietnam War

6. An intelligence report on the “Washington Spring Project” (also known as the Poor People’s Campaign) dated just 13 days before King’s assassination.

7. A memo regarding unrest throughout the US following King’s assassination

8. The full F.B.I. analysis of King’s influence and role as a civil rights leader

9. A sanitized copy of a CIA officer’s activities log from the night of King’s assassination

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