18 November

After Martin Luther King complains about the FBI's failure to protect civil rights campaigners, FBI director J Edgar Hoover describes him as 'the most notorious liar in the country'.

November 18, 2009 · 1 min read

This was on 18 November 1964. The next week Hoover says that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which King helped to found, is ‘spearheaded by communists and moral degenerates.

For his part, King responds with restraint: ‘I cannot conceive of Mr Hoover making a statement like this without being under extreme pressure. He has apparently faltered under the awesome burdens, complexities and responsibilities of his office; therefore, I cannot engage in a public debate with him. I have nothing but sympathy for this man who has served his country so well.’


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SWexit: What are exit schemes for sex workers missing?

If earning money is a fundamental reason for entering the sex industry, it is also essential to leaving it, writes Marin Scarlett.

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Power on the picket line: remembering the Burnsall Strike

Almost 30 years on, Sarbjit Johal recalls supporting the strike, which consisted of mostly Punjabi women workers

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