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FBI / Civil Rights Movement and King / Wilkins #54100

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 31, 1978
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(Studio) Earlier report that FBI contacted black leader in effort to get aid in discrediting Martin Luther King, Junior, noted. Reports today by "Washington Post" and "Atlanta Constitution" that former NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) head Roy Wilkins was that person stated.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Atlanta, Georgia) Films shown. FBI memo concerning contact with Wilkins about attempts to get King out of civil rights movement quoted. Wilkins' repudiation of memo, in statement read by wife in NYC, reported [Mrs. WILKINS - reads statement of denial, which says all blacks with any sense knew that J. Edgar Hoover was trying to halt civil rights movement thru attempts to discredit King.] [S. Christian Leadership Conf. spokesperson Reverend Hosea WILLIAMS - says organization believes Wilkins discussed situation with FBI, but warned them of damage such action would do to civil rights mvt. and told them he'd have no part of it. Says it's FBI attempt to finally destroy King's credibility.]
REPORTER: David Snell

Reporter(s):
Jarriel, Tom;
Snell, David
Duration:
00:02:00

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