Director Sam Pollard has released a clip from MLK/FBI in which Dr. King’s friend Clarence Jones described the FBI’s response in the days after the 1963 March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech.
The film is playing this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, which describes it in their program:
MLK/FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, the documentary explores the government’s history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals. Directed by Sam Pollard, and featuring interviews with Andrew Young, James Comey, Clarence Jones, and more…
The March on Washington attracted intense attention from the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover. William C. Sullivan, the agent cited in the clip above, sent a memo just days after the “I Have a Dream” speech, since declassified. Titled “Communist Party, USA, Negro Question,” it read in part:
We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future of this nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security.
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