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NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 18, 1975
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(Studio) Senate Intelligence Committee investigators report that FBI tried to discredit Martin Luther King, Junior King received letter suggesting he kill self or face public disgrace. With letter were tapes embarrassing to King.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) FBI sent letter with tape of party King attended with allegations about his sex life. Part of letter shown. King told to kill self before accepting Nobel Peace Prize. [Major council F.A.O. SCHWARZ III - says letter found in F.B.I. deputy director William Sullivan's files, who claims it is a plant. No dispute that letter came from FBI.] J. Edgar Hoover refused to accept reports that Communist party wasn't behind civil rights movement. Hoover approved plan to replace King with another black leader
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Studio) King's widow, Coretta, to reserve comment until study completed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Atlanta, Georgia) [Ex-King aide Reverend Hosea WILLIAMS - accuses Hoover and FBI of killing King by paying for contract. What Hoover did will make what Richard Nixon did look like Sunday school picnic.] [Reverend Ralph ABERNATHY - says FBI trying to discredit Southern Christian Leadership Conference and civil rights movement. Mad at system for allowing money for spying on personal lives.] [Ex-King aide Rev. Jesse JACKSON - says King never bowed to Hoover's threats. Feels CIA and FBI to be involved in assassinations of Malcolm X, John and Robert Kennedy and Dr. King.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Committee member says committee doesn't want to hurt King's reputation, which was intent of FBI.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Stern, Carl
Duration:
00:05:20

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