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A Black Evangelist Who Opposed Dr. King

posted on April 3, 2018

The New York Times’s John Eligon interviews Lerone Martin, an associate professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, about his research on the FBI and religion. Through a FOIA request, Martin uncovered documents showing the FBI worked with the African American televangelist Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux to discredit the Rev. Martin Luther King. Martin sees the research’s contemporary implications for the Trump White House and evangelicals. He says, “I think it allows us to see how these televangelists, who make connections with the executive branch, can be used as religious cover for what the F.B.I. and the executive branch more broadly wants to do.”

Read at The New York Times