Society FBI letter to Martin Luther King, Jr. riddled with abuse, urges suicide

The FBI letter to civil rights leader Martin Luther King authorized by J. Edgar Hoover, just released in its uncensored form, is a cautionary tale of abuse of power. But shock over contents also signals how far race relations have come.

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The release of a newly discovered, uncensored 1964 letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., urging him, in graphic language, to kill himself, has experts on contemporary race relations pointing to a glass both half empty and half full.