COINTELPRO document with Herman Fergsuon and Charles 37X Kenyatta

kenyatta - ferguson FBI.pdf

Dublin Core


COINTELPRO document with Herman Fergsuon and Charles 37X Kenyatta


This is a document from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's COINTELPRO program that discusses plans to attempt to convince Herman Ferguson, former education chairman of South Jamaica CORE, that Charles 37X Kenyatta, leader of the Harlem Mau Mau, was going to try and kill him. Both men were former associates of Malcolm X.

The document is significant for several reasons. It was a common tactic of the COINTELPRO program to turn one activist against another with the aim of getting one to kill the other.

However, in Prof. Manning Marable's autobiography on Malcolm X, Charles 37X Kenyatta was a named by as an informant for the Bureau of Special Services, a special department within the New York City Police tasked with monitoring and keeping political activists under surveillance. His group, the Harlem Mau Mau, were also targeted by COINTELPRO as threats to national security.

This document obviously complicates the story of Charles 37X Kenyatta and was not discussed in the biographies of Malcolm X and Herman Ferguson.


Federal Bureau of Investigation


An Unlikely Warrior, Herman Ferguson: Evolution of a Black Nationalist Revolutionary by Iyaluua Ferguson and Herman Ferguson


Ferguson-Swan Publications


Federal Bureau of Investigation, “COINTELPRO document with Herman Fergsuon and Charles 37X Kenyatta,”, accessed September 25, 2022,

Output Formats