COINTELPRO: The FBI’s War on Black America

“GOALS: 1) Prevent the coalition of militant black nationalist groups. 2) Prevent the rise of a messiah who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalistic movement. 3) Prevent militant black nationalist groups and leaders from gaining respectability, by discrediting them to the community. 4) A final goal should be to prevent the long-range growth of militant black nationalist organizations especially among youth.” –Excerpts from FBI Cointelpro document

Through a secret program called the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), there was a concerted effort to subvert the will of the people to avoid the rise “of a black Messiah” that would mobilize the African-American community into a meaningful political force. This documentary establishes historical perspective on the measures initiated by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI which aimed to discredit black political figures and forces of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Combining declassified documents, interviews, rare footage and exhaustive research, it investigates the government’s role in the assassinations of Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and Martin Luther King Jr. Were the murders the result of this concerted effort to avoid “a black Messiah”? (Excerpt from

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