January 11, 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr., disrupted the status quo. As the preeminent voice of the 1954-68 Civil Rights Movement, he was (and continues to be) honored and respected for his nonviolent campaign for racial justice. His message, civil rights initiatives, and his influence made him feared by people who felt threatened by the precept that all individuals, regardless of their racial characteristics, are morally, politically and legally equal.

This featured video clip is the trailer for MLK/FBI—a documentary movie released in January 2021. The government’s history of targeting Black activists is a disturbing story that is relevant to the racial tensions that exist sixty years later. The movie trailer shares a preview of actions taken by the FBI to sabotage the civil rights movement. MLK/FBI is based on recently discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage.