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Rev. Jesse Jackson says MLK never said a bad word about JFK

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By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, Sept. 9, 2011, 11:30 p.m. - Rev. Jesse Jackson today said that Martin Luther King never said anything bad about President John F. Kennedy around him.

"He always referred to President Kennedy in adoring respectful terms," Jackson told Redding News Review.

He said that King even "endorsed Kennedy over Nixon."

"In every private conversation, that I have heard him have, he always [spoke] of Kennedy in rather adoring and respectful terms," Jackson said.

Jackson's comments come as Jacqueline Kennedy was reported to have been so upset with something King said about her husband that she did not wish to "see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man's terrible."

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The widowed first lady soured on King as a result of secret wiretaps arranged by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover is reported to have told the Kennedy's of King's attempt to arrange a sex party, while in town for the March on Washington. King is also reported to have made a derogatory comment about the assassination of President Kennedy during his funeral.

The original surveillance tapes that would prove Hoover's claim are sealed by court order until 2027.

 


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