Civil Rights Photographer Was FBI Informant
Ernest Withers was a major force in the civil rights movement. His photographs showcased the effects of segregation, highlighted influential figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and opening up the eyes of the world to the rampant discrimination happening every day. But that wasn't his only job.
As it turns out, Withers was also an informant for the FBI. He reported, not only on happenings within the civil rights movement, but more mainstream citizens of Memphis as well. Any time someone was involved with a suspected militant group, Withers was there to report it.
Andrew Young, a prominent member of the movement, says that he's not entirely bothered by the revelation, since they didn't have anything to hide. Martin Luther King Jr. isn't around to offer his opinion, but Young offers that "I don't think Dr. King would have minded him making a little money on the side."