The 60's

Season 1 Episode 14

Martin Luther King, Jr: The Man and the Dream

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Aired Unknown May 29, 2009 on NBC
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Martin Luther King, Jr: The Man and the Dream
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In October 1963, after rejecting his agents' advice that Martin Luther King has no links with Communists, FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover embarked on a massive surveillance operation against the black civil rights leader by the use of phone taps and hidden microphones. By the end of the year, the surveillance had yielded nothing to brand King a Communist, but a good deal to raise questions about his public morality. King's sexual indiscretions were well known among his colleagues, his contemporaries and his family. In this program his allies give their accounts of King's secret sexual life, and their reasons for turning a blind eye; while former FBI agents explain how Hoover went about trying to use this information as a means of neutralizing King's power. King's sexual relations with women were a source of guilt-ridden depression, yet he conducted serious affairs with mistresses throughout his marriage. His long nights of doubt, his gradual overcoming of uncertainty, and his eventual acceptance of martyrdom act as a dramatic counterpoint to Hoover's attempted character assassination.moreless
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