Nation: Cooling the Controversy

In view of the Mississippi arrests, criticism directed against FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover by civil rights groups could be expected to subside. Although Hoover had drawn such fire by an intemperate attack upon the Rev. Martin Luther King, he last week agreed to King's suggestion that the two talk over their differences. The 70-minute meeting in Hoover's Washington office seemed to cool the controversy and, reported King, led to "a much clearer understanding on both sides."

Neither man really retreated. King told Hoover that he still thought that, while "the FBI can...

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