Renowned Black Activist Gil Scott-Heron’s FBI File


ShadowProof has obtained 28 pages of FBI records regarding Gil Scott-Heron under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Born in Scott-Heron was a renowned African-American activist, poet and recording artist, perhaps most famous for his 1974 album, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.

Muckrock filed a FOIA request with the FBI on Scott-Heron in 2014, but the Bureau at the time claimed to have no responsive documents.

The declassified records provided to ShadowProof include a memo to the FBI Director about a party thrown by the socialist All African People’s Revolutionary Party, at which Scott-Heron was scheduled to speak. The memo states that it concerns an “extremist matter.”

Another document refers to an “investigation to identify Gil Scott Heron.” The document also notes that Scott-Heron “is a well-known black jazz pianist who writes and sings [sic] civil rights protest songs.”



View the FOIA release in its entirety below.

Ken Klippenstein can be reached on Twitter @kenklippenstein or via email: [email protected]



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