Federal Bureau of Investigation

United States law enforcement agency

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency.

I fear God, and I fear the FBI. ~ Daniel Hernandez


  • Hitherto unseen FBI surveillance records reviewed by King biographer David J. Garrow in 2019 surfaced shocking allegations about King’s personal life that are in stark contrast to his reputation as an icon of social justice and Christian morality. Apart from more graphic details about numerous extramarital affairs, these documents allege King participated in the rape and sexual abuse of a female parishioner by a fellow minister. “King looked on, laughed and offered advice,” during the rape, according to the files. Evidence about King’s true character as revealed in these FBI records has been excluded from the hagiographic treatment of his legacy embraced by Democrats and Republicans alike. Indeed, the latter seem most willing to ignore the more unsavory parts of his story to serve their own ends.
  • While Republicans and Democrats have been able to selectively quote King to fit their policy and propaganda needs, what may soon be indisputable is his reputation as the vilest kind of abuser, as revealed by Garrow’s 2019 research. Garrow is no right-winger eager to trash King’s reputation. On the contrary, Garrow is a democratic socialist, who won a Pulitzer Prize for an earlier glowing biography of Dr. King. Garrow spent weeks poring over never-before-seen FBI documents, publishing his shocking findings in the British magazine Standpoint. They reveal the agency’s surveillance of King in new detail, which began due to his connection to Stanley D. Levison, a New York attorney with Communist Party ties, who gave King $10,000 in cash over two years, or nearly $90,000 in 2021 dollars. Garrow reviewed one report showing that King’s friend, Logan Kearse, the pastor of Baltimore’s Cornerstone Baptist Church, brought several of his female “parishioners” to Washington. He offered King and his friends an introduction. “The group met in his room and discussed which women among the parishioners would be suitable for natural or unnatural sex acts,” the report states. “When one of the women protested that she did not approve of this, the Baptist minister immediately and forcibly raped her.” King “looked on, laughed and offered advice” as the minister raped the parishioner. Garrow added that the agents who captured the incident on a microphone-transmitted tape-recording “would not have had any apparent motive … to inaccurately embellish upon the actual recording and its full transcript.”

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