America's Book of Secrets

HISTORY | 10:00 pm

In 1962, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King criticized the FBI for declining to prosecute white supremacists who had burned down Black churches in Georgia, a complaint Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover took as a personal affront. Blasting King as "the most notorious liar in the country," Hoover then embarked on a vendetta, tasking his agents to investigate King. That probe turned up evidence suggesting that King might have ties to communism, in the new episode "FBI vs. MLK."