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Famed civil rights photographer doubled as FBI informant (2 posts)

  1. truthmod

    Photographer Ernest Withers also FBI informantErnest Withers, a revered civil rights photographer who captured iconic images of Martin Luther King Jr. on the night King was shot in Memphis, actually played a different role the day before: FBI informant.

    The Commercial Appeal, a newspaper in Memphis, just completed a two-year investigation that reveals how Withers provided the FBI with details about where King was staying and information on his meeting with black militants on April 3, 1968 — the day before the assassination.

    Withers' spying, however, extends far beyond the slain civil rights leader.

    The Commercial Appeal found FBI reports indicating that Withers collaborated for years with FBI agents monitoring the civil rights movement. Those FBI reports, the paper's Marc Perrusquia writes, "reveal a covert, previously unknown side of the beloved photographer."

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. christs4sale

    Andrew Young, now 78, said he isn't bothered that Withers secretly worked as an informant while snapping civil rights history.

    "I always liked him because he was a good photographer. And he was always (around), " he said. Young viewed Withers as an important publicity tool because his work often appeared in Jet magazine and other high-profile publications. The movement was transparent and didn't have anything to hide anyway, he said.

    "I don't think Dr. King would have minded him making a little money on the side.''

    Posted 7 years ago #


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