Famed Civil Rights Photographer Ernest Withers Outed as FBI Informant?

Stories like this sicken me because it is so many covered up stories of numerous informants who helped to dismantle the civil rights movement and organizations like the Black Panthers by providing information to the CIA.

I don’t care what beautiful photos this guy took, if these allegations are true he was a disgrace and ultimate sellout to his people.

via Commercial Appeal

A veteran freelancer for America’s black press, Withers was known as “the original civil rights photographer,” an insider who’d covered it all, from the Emmett Till murder that jump-started the movement in 1955 to the Little Rock school crisis, the integration of Ole Miss and, now, the 1968 sanitation strike that brought King to Memphis and his death.

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MLK Papers Pulled from Auction Over Ownership Dispute


via AJC

New York — Sotheby’s in New York has withdrawn from auction three important papers related to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. after the King estate objected, claiming the documents being offered for sale by singer-actor Harry Belafonte were actually the property of the estate.

Belafonte himself asked that the papers be withdrawn from today’s sale, said Lauren Gioia, a Sotheby’s spokeswoman. The auction house did not comment further.

The documents, including a handwritten draft of King’s first anti-Vietnam War speech in 1967, had a collective pre-sale estimate of $750,000 to $1.3 million.

“The King estate believes the documents being offered in Thursday’s auction are a part of the wrongly acquired collection,” Isaac Farris, CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, said Wednesday. “The King estate is currently in conversations with Sotheby’s to establish the truth.”

It’s difficult to know whether the papers might end up in Atlanta, as part of the King collection that now resides at Morehouse College, said Doug Shipman, director of the city’s future Center for Civil & Human Rights. If they are sold, a buyer would have to donate them or allow them to be exhibited at the center, which is scheduled to open downtown in 2011.

About 10,000 King documents his family had planned to auction at Sotheby’s in 2006 were bought for $32 million by the city of Atlanta and are housed at Morehouse College, King’s alma mater. Continue reading

Obama=Black Moses? Bishop Thinks So

via Telegraph UK

Adulation of the Democratic nominee is building to a crescendo. Offering a prayer before a rally in Columbus, Ohio today, Cornal Garnett Henning, an AME bishop for parts of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, compared him to Moses and Martin Luther King in the same breath.

He thanked God for having “given us a Moses and a Martin called Barack Obama” and asked the Almighty to “grant that we together this nation under God may have the will to bring about the change we need” and ensure that “those who cast their sacred vote will not be deprived this right”. The McCain campaign, you might remember, mocked Obama as a Moses figure in an ad entitled “the One in August.

The candidate’s wife didn’t quite compare him to a prophet or a civil rights icon but her praise was a far cry from the days when she used to complain publicly about his smelly feet and snoring, wishing she lived with “Barack Obama the phenomenon” because “the Barack Obama who lives in my house, that guy’s not as impressive”.

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King’s top lieutenant convicted of having sex with his daughter in Va.

This is another truly sick story.

This undated photo provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office shows James L. Bevel. Bevel, 71, a top lieutenant to Martin Luther King Jr. who also helped organize the Million Man March,was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, to 15 years in prison for incest. He was convicted earlier this year of having sex 15 years ago with his then-teenage daughter in Virginia. (AP Photo/ Courtesy Loudoun County Sheriffs Office)

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) – A top lieutenant to Martin Luther King Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in a Virginia court to 15 years in prison for incest for having sex with his teenage daughter.  

The Rev. James L. Bevel was a key architect of the 1963 Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Ala., and other pivotal moments of the civil rights movement. He was convicted after a four-day trial earlier this year in Loudoun County Circuit Court.

The prison sentence was the most severe the judge could impose. Sentencing guidelines called for a term of probation and the jury that convicted Bevel recommended the 15-year sentence.

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Rev. Al Cleared by Feds, does About-Face

via NY Daily News

A day after the feds dropped a criminal probe of Al Sharpton‘s finances, the activist minister said he’d learned a lesson.

“I have learned that everybody is not necessarily out to get you,” Sharpton told the Daily News. “And, I hope [prosecutors] have learned that everybody who questions the system is not trying to beat the system.”

That is a big shift in attitude for the usually combative Sharpton, who has claimed that investigators unfairly targeted him and his National Action Network because of his civil rights activism – as they did the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Continue reading

Malcolm X Killer Wants Parole….

Source : Bossip

Thomas Hagan, the man who assassinated Malcom X 43 years ago.Thomas Hagan, the man who assassinated Malcom X 43 years ago. At the time of the assassination Mr Hagan was 26 and a militant member of the Nation of Islam, the fatal shooting took place on Feb 21 1965.  At the time of the assassination Mr Hagan was 26 and a militant member of the Nation of Islam, the fatal shooting took place on Feb 21 1965. Picture by Splash News

The true story of the assasination of Malcolm X probably will never come out due to shady dealings between those who commited the murder and the government. Well it seems that confessed killer Thomas Hagan wants parole. Daily News got the story:

Thomas Hagan, who was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1965 assassination of the black leader, on Thursday filed court papers demanding a 14th parole hearing hoping to get full parole.
Hagan, 66, has spent 19 years on a work-release program in which he spends 12 hours a week at a corrections facility in Harlem and the rest of his time working or at home with his wife and kids.

“Indeed, multiplied by 19 years, [Hagan] has spent an overwhelming majority of his time in everyday society,” he argued in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. “Yet, his movement is monitored and limited.”

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[Video] MLK “Speech On Vietnam” FIRE

The more things change the more they remain the same, so it seems. This is our attempt to redeem the brother MLK from the controlled sound bites that the media attributes to him. He had more fire in him than the “I Have A Dream” speech, here is one of his most resounding speeches when he put his heart on the line and spoke truth about these two America’s we still live in.
In a day were they still condemn the preacher man (Rev Wright) when he isn’t speaking from the script, I wonder how much do we really know about this man named KING. Now just replace VIETNAM with IRAQ and you gain this eerie feeling that things have not changed ,when it comes to this government. Compare this man’s angst to Reverend Jermiah Wright and you’ll see they are fighting the same fight.

MLK- A King Of Humanity

Though our young people are only taught about one speech(I Have A Dream) given by Dr. King, he had many diverse opinions about everything from civil rights to the war. Many of the people who praise him now, chastised him for being a troublemaker and riling up racial tensions. Here he answers questions about criticisms supposedly coming from Malcolm X.

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Update: Great article echos the same thoughts on MLK