MLK motivated many people in his lifetime and his tireless efforts for social change have caused many to absolutely worship his memory. In 1964 Jackie O taped a series of interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger, that have recently been released to the public. She had some rather unpleasant things to say about MLK who she referred to as “tricky” and “phony”.
Mrs Kennedy said her view of King was formed after being told of secret FBI wiretaps which showed him trying to organise a sex party before he attended the March on Washington in August 1963, at which he delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
She said her brother-in-law Robert told her that King made disparaging remarks about JFK at the funeral and about Cardinal Richard Cushing, who delivered the eulogy.
‘I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible,’ she said.
‘He made fun of Cardinal Cushing and said that he was drunk at it [the funeral] – and things about they almost dropped the coffin. I mean Martin Luther King is really a tricky person.’
She said Robert told her of the FBI wiretaps: ‘He said this with no bitterness or anything, how he was calling up all these girls and arranging for a party of men and women, I mean, sort of an orgy.’ (source)
the comments didn’t reflect her mother’s true feelings about King, pointing out that she was proud to attend his funeral following his assassination in April 1968
Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of John and Jackie, said her mother’s comments about King were evidence of the ‘poisonous’ activities of then FBI director J Edgar Hoover.