FBI file is key to ‘full picture’ of Ernest Withers’ work as a paid civil rights informant

The Commercial Appeal
August 7, 2011

The billy club sailed down and landed on Ernest Withers’ head with a thud.

It was June 15, 1963, and Withers, the celebrated news photographer whose work routinely put him in the front lines of the civil rights struggle, lay bloodied on the ground.

Beaten and arrested by police in Jackson, Miss., while covering the funeral of assassinated NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers, Withers returned home to Tennessee determined to stand up for himself. He filed a police brutality report with Memphis’ FBI office…Read More

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