The Black Spy Who Witnessed The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
January 11, 2024 @ 5:30 PM PST
In the famous photograph taken of the balcony of Memphis’s Lorraine Motel just moments after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., one man is kneeling down beside King, trying to staunch the blood from his fatal head wound with a borrowed towel. That man, Marrell McCollough, was a representative of the Invaders, an activist group that was in talks with King in the days leading up to the murder. But he was also an undercover Memphis police officer reporting on the activities of the Invaders, which was thought to be possibly dangerous and potentially violent.
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