[sixties-l] Videos on FBI's Secret War on Black America

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Date: Fri Jun 29 2001 - 15:57:02 EDT

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    From: "Pan-African News Wire" <ac6123@wayne.edu>
    Sent: Monday, June 18, 2001 6:01 PM
      From: Paul Lee <besteffortsinc@yahoo.com>

      Black Star Community Bookstore is proud to host a
      two-part lecture-video series, "Prevent the Rise of a
      Messiah: The FBI's Secret War on Black America,"
      which will be presented by historian and filmmaker
      Paul Lee on Friday, June 22 and Friday, June 29, 2001,
      from 7:00-9:00 p. m.

      FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's notorious secret
      crusade to "neutralize" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
      in the 1960s was more than a mere personal feud.

      It was, in fact, only part of the Federal Bureau of
      Investigation's secret war on Black America, a
      nationwide campaign of intrusive surveillance and
      political disruption that began as early as World War

      Hoover was determined to "Prevent the rise of a
      messiah who could unify, and electrify," the black
      rights movement, as was stated in a now-infamous 1968
      "Counterintelligence Program" memo.

      Among those targeted were Universal Negro Improvement
      Association leader Marcus Garvey; anti-lynching
      campaigner Ida B. Wells-Barnett; Nation of Islam
      leader Elijah Muhammad; singer, actor, and political
      activist Paul Robeson; black nationalist and Muslim
      leader Malcolm X; black power and Pan-Africanist
      leader Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Ture);
      Communist activist Angela Davis; and the leaders of
      the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the
      Black Panther Party.


      In the first program, Lee will present excerpts from
      an in-depth documentary that he helped research and
      write, which has never been screened in Detroit.

      This once-secret story is exposed in a candid
      interview with a Black former FBI informant, former
      Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver, and historian
      Chancellor Williams, author of "The Destruction of
      Black Civilization."

      Craig Ciccone, an historian of political
      assassinations of the 1960s, will make a special
      presentation on the FBI's role in the 1969
      assassination of Illinois Black Panther leader Fred


      In the second program, Lee will screen--again for the
      first time in Detroit--a documentary on the FBI's
      attempt to recruit Malcolm X an undercover "mole" in
      the Nation of Islam after his 1963 suspension by
      Elijah Muhammad because of his unauthorized comments
      about President Kennedy's assassination.

      At both programs there will be an exhibit of rare
      photos and documents and a suggested reading list.

      Lee is the director of Best Efforts, Inc., a
      professional research and consulting service that
      specializes in the recovery, preservation, and
      presentation of black history and culture.

      He has been a historical researcher and consultant for
      several PBS series, including "Eyes On the Prize II"
      and "The American Experience," and Spike Lee's 1992
      motion picture "Malcolm X," starring Denzel

      Ciccone is a Highland Park-based historian who is
      researching a study on Fred Hampton's assassination.
      Black Star Community Bookstore is located at 19410
      Livernois at Outer Drive.

      The suggested donation is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for
      seniors and students, and free for children 12 and

      For further information, call (313) 863-BOOK (2665).

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