Helms, Jesse. “Remarks of Senator Jesse Helms.” Congressional Quarterly

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See  The King Holiday and Its Meaning  by  Sam Francis for the history of this speech.

Congressional Record, 129, no. 130 (October 3, 1983): S13452-S13461.

Mr. President, in light of the
comments by the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr.
Kennedy), it is important that there be such an
examination of the political activities and associations
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., principally from the
beginning of his work in the civil rights movement in
the mid 1950s until his death in 1968. Throughout this
period, but especially toward the beginning and end of
his career, King associated with identified members of
the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA),
with persons who were former members of or close to the
CPUSA, and with CPUSA front organizations. In some
important respects King`s civil rights activities and
later his opposition to the Vietnam war were strongly
influenced by and dependent on these associations.

There is no evidence that King
himself was a member of the CPUSA or that he was a
rigorous adherent of Marxist ideology or of the
Communist Party line. Nevertheless, King was repeatedly
warned about his associations with known Communists by
friendly elements ill the Kennedy Administration and the
Department of Justice (DOJ) (including strong and
explicit warning from President Kennedy himself). King
took perfunctory and deceptive measures to separate
himself from the Communists against whom he was warned.
He continued to have close and secret contacts with at
least some of them after being informed and warned of
their background, and he violated a commitment to sever
his relationships with identified Communists. Throughout
his career King, unlike many other civil rights leaders
of his time, associated with the most extreme political
elements in the United States. He addressed their
organizations, signed their petitions, and invited them
into his own organizational activities. Extremist
elements played a significant role in promoting and
influencing King`s opposition to the Vietnam war-an
opposition that was not predicated on what King believed
to be the best interests of the United States but on his
sympathy for the North Vietnamese Communist regime and
on an essentially Marxist and anti-American ideological
view of U.S. foreign policy.

King`s patterns of associations and
activities described in this report show that, at the
least, he had no strong objection to Communism, that he
appears to have welcomed collaboration with Communists,
and that he and his principal vehicle, the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), were subject to
influence and manipulation by Communists. The conclusion
must be that Martin Luther King, Jr. was either an
irresponsible individual, careless of his own reputation
and that of the civil rights movement for integrity and
loyalty, or that he knowingly cooperated and sympathized
with subversive and totalitarian elements under the
control of a hostile foreign power.

Biographical Data

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on
January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of
Alberta Williams and Martin Luther King, Sr., a Baptist
minister. He was graduated from Morehouse College,
Atlanta, in 1948, receiving the degree of B.A. He
attended the Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester,
Pennsylvania, receiving the degree of B.D. in 1951, and
he received the degree of Ph.D. from Boston University
in 1955. In 1953 he married Coretta Scott of Alabama, by
whom he was the father of four children. On April 4,
1968 King was murdered by a rifle assault in Memphis,
Tennessee. On March 10, 1969, James Earl Ray, an escaped
convict, pied guilty to the murder of King and was
sentenced to 99 years in prison, a term he is now

Operation “Solo” and Stanley D.

In the early 1950s the

Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) undertook a
long-term and highly classified counter-intelligence
operation, against the CPUSA. The FBI persuaded a former
member of the National Committee of the CPUSA and former
editor of the Daily Worker, the Party newspaper, to
become active again within the Party leadership and to
report on Party activities to the FBI. This man`s name
was Morris Childs, and his brother, Jack Childs, also a
Communist, agreed to act as an informant as well. The
FBI operation was known as SOLO, and for nearly 30 years
it provided reliable and highly sensitive information
about the CPUSA, its activities within the United
States, and its relations with the Soviet Union to the
highest authorities in the U.S. government. At least
three U.S. Presidents were aware of SOLO, and Morris
Childs may have briefed President Nixon prior to his
trip to Moscow in 1972. In 1980 SOLO was brought to an
end. Jack Childs died on August 12, 1980, and the
operation was publicly disclosed and thus terminated by
historian David J Garrow in a book published the
following year.

Among the most important facts
learned from SOLO was that the CPUSA was dependent on a
direct financial subsidy paid by the Soviet Union. About
one million dollars a year in Soviet funds was paid to a
member of the CPUSA, usually Jack Childs himself, in New
York City. Although this subsidy was illegal, the FB!
allowed it to continue for a number of
reasons-prosecution would have exposed SOLO and
necessarily brought it to an end, and the operation was
of continuing value; and the dependence of the Party on
Soviet funds meant that it did not seek to increase its
membership and importance within the United States.

In 1953 Jack Childs reported to the
FBI that an individual named Stanley David Levison
(1912-1979), a New York lawyer and businessman, was
deeply involved in acquiring and disposing of the funds
of the Soviet subsidy to the CPUSA. Levison may have
been involved as a financial benefactor to the Party as
early as 1945 and may have established legitimate
business enterprises in the United States and Latin
America in order to launder Soviet funds to the Party.
In this connection Levison was said to have worked with
Isidore G. Needleman, the representative of the Soviet
trading corporation AMTORG.

Childs also reported to the FBI
that Levison assisted CPUSA leaders to acquire and
manage the Party`s secret funds and that he directed
about $50,000 a year into the Party`s treasury. After
the death of Party treasurer William