Stalin's government was active reaching out to disenfranchised African-Americans. Hughes was invited to Moscow on a cultural exchange. This essay came from that time period:
In 1933, the Harlem Renaissance star wrote a powerful essay about race. It has never been published in English—until now. https://t.co/kC6ZLym54f— Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) July 13, 2019
Interesting sub-story in the context of the recent MLK revelations. We will know a fuller story about MLK in 2027 when the National Archives make the recordings available, but, ugh, this is a tough story - read a bunch of takes on it... starting with the article from King's most famous biographer published in the UK (because American papers wouldn't touch it).
Martin Luther King Jr ‘watched and laughed’ as woman was raped, secret FBI recordings allege - read David Garrow's full investigation in June's Standpoint, out on Thursday and see why "MLK was the Harvey Weinstein of the civil rights movement" https://t.co/Y046Xy21if— Standpoint Magazine (@StandpointMag) May 28, 2019
Wall Street Journal Op-Ed by Lance Morrow in support of David Garrow's investigation of MLK & Standpoint's decision to publish when New York Times & Washigton Post would nothttps://t.co/VyE0ZaVYug— Standpoint Magazine (@StandpointMag) June 18, 2019
Biography on this source for context
This week @StandpointMag published a bombshell report about FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Media attention has focused on MLK's sexual shenanigans. The real story is about counterintelligence, the Kremlin & KGB cash.— John Schindler (@20committee) June 1, 2019
As I explain here.https://t.co/a5CwWHUWvL
We can hold off on final assessment on this until 2027.