Leta McCollough-Seletzky finally tells her father’s tale.
Marrell McCollough, also known as “Mac”, was captured in a photograph on the day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. Few people know that the Black undercover police officer who witnessed the death of Dr. King was also the man photographed kneeling on Dr. King. In her book The Kneeling ManSeletzky shares her father’s perspective for the first.
The truth behind the kneeling man
“The arc speaks to Black history in America, especially in the 20th and beyond century. It shows how Black people and marginalized people have worked within oppressive systems and outside them to gain freedom,” she told Sonia Baghdady. Advocate Now.
Seletzky says that Mac McCollough “saw Dr. King standing on the balcony of the hotel room.” Then, moments later, Dr. King was knocked down by a loud bang.
She shares that “my father, who has both police and army training, knew immediately that Dr. King was shot.” “Unlike most people who would run from an active shooter, my father is…