Bud Watch Party: MLK/FBI

Sunday, January 15, 2023 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Monday, January 16, 2023 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
  • Virtual Event -- Access Info Below
As we commemorate the life and work of Dr. King on Jan. 16, 72 hours to stream a riveting documentary that uncovers FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Based on recently declassified files, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Pollard explores the US government’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch the film for free during the Library's 72-hour streaming window.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as an American hero: a bridge-builder, a shrewd political tactician, and a moral leader. Yet throughout his history-altering political career, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. In this virtuosic film, award-winning editor, and director Sam Pollard lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. In crafting a rich archival tapestry, featuring some revelatory restored footage of King, Pollard urges us to remember that true American progress is always hard-won.

How to access MLK/FBI

Register at the button above for access to watch the film during Bud Werner Library's 72-hour screening window. You'll get an email that includes your personal link and access code so you can watch the 106-minute film at home any time during our exclusive screening window that lasts until midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 17

Run Time: 

106 min.
About the Bud Watch Party

In addition to our in-person film screenings in Library Hall, Bud Werner Library continues to spearhead special opportunities to view hot documentaries at home. The library hopes that you'll enjoy streaming these thoughtful films, then come together for community conversations to share the experience.