Affair With Jay Richard Kennedy
In Brown's book, she references having met, fallen in love with and cohabitated with Jay Richard Kennedy (aka Jay Richard Solomonick) from 1965-1968. Kennedy was, she says, a white man who 'taught her how to appreciate her blackness' and that his love caused her to join 'The Movement'. She states that she knew and admired that fact that he had been an accomplished OSS officer (precursor to the CIA) and that the protagonist of the novel that Kennedy wrote (during their three year relationship), "The Chairman" was a CIA agent tasked with 'traveling to China to kill Chairman Mao Tse Tung, the then Chinese Communist leader. In his research, the late Philip H. Melanson, former Chancellor Professor of Policy Studies, and chair of the Political Science Department at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth made over 95 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. These requests, which resulted in the release of over 200,000 pages of federal government documents, revealed that Jay Richard Kennedy was in fact then CIA U.S. Domestic Security Branch Informant A.
Jay Richard Kennedy was the agency's KEY informant within Rev. Martin Luther King's inner circle. Historically, Jay Richard Kennedy was in fact from 1939-1942 an agent of the US Bureau of Narcotics assigned to Latin America. During WWII, Kennedy became an agent of the OSS. He later was in short order, manager for both Frank Sinatra and Harry Belafonte (who summarily fired him), a part owner of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, full owner of a prominent Wall Street brokerage that bore his name, a sitting member of the New York Stock Exchange, owner of an electronics firm in Canada specializing in radio proximity artillery fuses for the US military in Vietnam, and from the late 1960s, concurrently, head of the American Psychological Association.
Curiously, about the time that Brown met Kennedy he was also reporting directly to the then CIA Domestic Security Branch on what were called 'Civil Rights Matters'. In fact, on 8 June 1965, Jay Richard Kennedy reported to the Chief of the CIA Security Research Section (SRS) that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was "a Maoist". Kennedy further reported that "Martin Luther King, Jr. is moving in a way that is indicative that he is being controlled by Peking Line Communists." Additionally, On 11 May 1965, Kennedy reported, "Martin Luther King MUST be removed from the leadership of the Negro movement, and his removal must come from within not from without. (Kennedy) feels that somewhere in the Negro movement, at the top, there must be a Negro leader who is "clean' who could step into the vacuum if Martin Luther King were either exposed or assassinated." It was the studied opinion of both Dr. Philip Melanson, Dr. William F. Pepper (a close friend of the King family) that Jay Kennedy deliberately set in motion certain intelligence events that culminated in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, three years after Kennedy's paranoid conclusions were handed to the SRS section of CIA,. Ironically, shortly before Kennedy's 1991 death, he confessed to having 'provided certain information regarding Dr. King and Civil Rights to CIA', in the seminal documentary " 'Who Killed Martin Luther King?' " by French filmmaker Michel Parbot.
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