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    Posted: Oct 20 2013 at 11:12pm
over some documents he wants to auction.  The estate blocked the sale in 2008.  I think the estate did this to some other person as well.  A mess.  Mrs. Coretta Scott King gave him the documents--their his property so he has the right to sell them.

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction.

The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration thatBelafonte is the rightful owner.

The documents are an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King, notes to a speech King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tennessee, and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King’s wife after the civil rights leader’s 1968 assassination.

According to the lawsuit, Belafonte was preparing to auction the items in 2008 when the estate “astonishingly” blocked it.

The lawsuit cited the close relationship between Belafonte and King, saying the pair “worked on strategies and collaborated on issues that would transform American society” while they “forged a deep and enduring personal friendship.” It said King and his widow, Coretta Scott King, gave Belafonte a number of items and it noted that Coretta Scott King, who died in 2006, mentioned Belafonte in her autobiography, saying “whenever we got into trouble or when tragedy struck, Harry has always come to our aid, his generous heart wide open.”

Belafonte said he delivered the documents for auction to Sotheby’s Inc. in early 2008 and the auction house has held them pending a resolution of the dispute between the estate and Belafonte.

The lawsuit said Belafonte had held the Vietnam War speech outline since 1967, when King left it behind after working on it in Belafonte’s apartment. It said the Memphis speech notes were found in King’s suit pocket after he was assassinated. According to the lawsuit, Coretta Scott King offered the notes toBelafonte but he suggested they instead be given to one of King’s longest-serving confidants. When that man died in 1979, his widow delivered the notes to Belafonte, it said.

The letter from Johnson was given to Belafonte by Coretta Scott King about a decade ago after she admired the collection of historic documents on a wall of his home, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit said King frequently gave drafts and copies of his speeches, correspondence and working papers to friends and fellow civil rights activists and that his estate has made a series of “disturbing and illegitimate challenges to Dr. King’s gift-giving” in recent years.

Harry Belafonte sued the King estate over three documents that he tried to sell at auction. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Seedlings Foundation for Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity)



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I hope he wins
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read this in the paper, pretty clear cut those heirlooms are his property
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tbaby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 21 2013 at 9:00am
So get this:  Martin's 2 sons run the estate, and their sister Bernice runs the MLK Center in Atl.  This summer the estate sued the center to stop all rights and privileges in using MLK's name, speeches and likeness.  Unbelievable.  I bet both Martin and  Coretta are rolling in their graves w/ their kids fighting each other over $$$.  Shameful.
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There is always a mess going no with the King Children. Belefonte gave alot of money to the Civil Rights Movement and they treat him like this?
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