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Smiley says both the Johnson administration, the media, including the Black media, and prominent African-Americans of the time denounced King because they felt his new focus would alienate them from The White House that had enacted significant civil rights legislation like the Voting Rights Act.

“If you really want to know who Martin is, look at how he stood in his truth when everything turned against him,” says Smiley. “That’s why this last year we don’t know anything about is so critical.”

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