The Kneeling Man My Father's Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr

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Publisher's Synopsis

In the famous photograph of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, one man kneels beside him, trying to staunch the blood: an undercover Memphis police officer embedded with the Invaders, a militant Black group in talks with King. This spy, the kneeling man, was Leta McCollough Seletzky's father.

Marrell 'Mac' McCollough was a Black man working secretly with the white power structure. To understand this, Leta began looking into her father's life-his motivations, his career with the police and the CIA, and the truth behind accusations of his involvement in King's murder. What would Leta uncover, and did she want to know? How might Mac's story change her own feelings about her place in Trump's America?


The Kneeling Man is a compelling personal and political tale of alienation and ambivalence; struggle, self-definition and compromised choices. Set vividly in the sharecropper South, on the streets of Memphis and in the halls of power, the twists and turns of this one man's life tell the story of twentieth-century Black America.

Book information

ISBN: 9781787389243
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Imprint: Hurst & Company
Pub date:
DEWEY: 976.819053
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 287
Weight: 626g
Height: 168mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 34mm