Monday, September 20, 2010

Civil Rights Photographer Ernest C. Withers is a FBI Agent?

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The Sunday Morning Herald by Adrian Sainz

Civil rights movement veterans are struggling to explain the motives of a revered photographer recently unmasked as an FBI informant who spied on the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr and others even as he captured their most intimate moments. His children don't believe it's true.

This was to have been the season to honour the late Ernest C Withers for his historic work, with his photos displayed at a museum bearing his name.

All that has been overshadowed by The Commercial Appeal newspaper revealing he was an informant who regularly tipped authorities about civil rights leaders, many of whom trusted him so completely that he was allowed to sit in on their most sensitive meetings.

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