Coretta Scott King Closely Tracked by FBI
Posted on Aug 31, 2007
Under J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI kept close tabs on Martin Luther King Jr.‘s wife, Coretta Scott King—which isn’t exactly startling news, except for the detail that the agency’s surveillance intensified after her husband’s assassination in 1968.
One agent even read and reviewed her 1969 book “My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.” and made a point to say Scott King’s “selfless, magnanimous, decorous attitude is belied by ... (her) ... actual shrewd, calculating, businesslike activities.”
But the file also shows that the Bureau’s real worry about Scott King was not the civil rights movement but instead her involvement with the peace and “anti-Vietnam War” movement. Government officials were afraid that she might try to complete what her husband had been doing when he died: “attempt to tie the anti-Vietnam war movement to the civil rights movement,” as one FBI agent put it.
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