Movie review: 'MLK/FBI' explores FBI's lawless surveillance, attempted disruptions of civil rights leader

When a public figure transcends the realities of their own life to become a symbol, or an icon, it can be hard to remember that they were, indeed, human, too. This becomes one of the motivating theses of Sam Pollard’s illuminating documentary, “MLK/FBI,” alongside another, equally important charge. Using newly declassified documents and testimony from witnesses and historians, Pollard’s film examines the ways in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of J. Edgar Hoover, recklessly and lawlessly surveilled Martin Luther King, Jr. in hopes of discrediting a moral leader w…

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