During the 1960s and 70s, thousands asked why the American Dream was out of reach to so many. They organized. They protested. They sought to make a more equal America . . . and entrenched interests fought back. The FBI, led by J. Edgar Hoover, spread paranoia and distrust by use of surveillance, infiltration, and misinformation.
This event will introduce Indianapolis audiences to the story of a group of activists that broke into an FBI office in 1971. Their act of disobedience exposed COINTELPRO, a secret FBI surveillance program that targeted Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Angela Davis, and many others.
The eight individuals who took part in the burglary made their identities public in 2014. Two of them, Bonnie and John Raines, as well as Betty Medsger, the Washington Post reporter who broke the story, will be on stage to discuss the civil disobedience, civil rights, and the role of government surveillance in modern society.
Supported by the Phoenix Theatre and the Vonnegut Memorial Library.