Iconic Civil Rights Photographer's Double Life as an FBI Informant
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 849 , Segment 4
Episode: Talking About Pornography, Space Archaeology, A Spy In Canaan
- Jul 5, 2018 11:00 pm
- 51:14 mins
(Originally Aired: 5/11/2018) We’ve known for a long time that the FBI was spying on key figures in the movement. But when an investigative journalist at the Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis revealed that a black photographer named Ernest Withers had been an FBI informant, most people found it hard to believe. He’s been called “the Original Photographer of the Civil Rights Movement.” Martin Luther King, Junior knew and liked him. Withers was so trusted that he went places no white person – and few black journalists, for that matter - could have gone. All the while, he was reporting back to the FBI on what he’d seen and heard.