America's Book of Secrets Season 4 Episode 4
FBI vs. MLK
Episode summary: In 1962, Martin Luther King Jr. criticized Hoover's FBI for refusing to prosecute white supremacists who had burned down black churches in Albany, Georgia. Hoover took King's criticisms in the press as a personal insult. It was an offense that Hoover would never forget and led to him calling King "the most notorious liar in the country." J. Edgar Hoover was not a man to let things go. He ordered "his bureau" to investigate King and soon discovered that the civil rights activist was associated with something he--at the height of the Cold War--considered far more dangerous to the security of the nation than peaceful protests: Communism.
Aired: 8 Jun 2021