Harry Belafonte Hopes to Sell MLK Notes, Documents

Entertainer renews fight against estate of King

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 15, 2013 5:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – Harry Belafonte is bound and determined to sell some rare Martin Luther King documents—including notes for a speech that were in King's pocket when he was assassinated. The entertainer, who had to cancel a 2008 auction at Sotheby's at the last minute, has renewed his legal fight against King's estate, reports TMZ. He wants a judge to declare him the rightful owner, so he can go ahead with that long-delayed auction. The documents also include a three-page outline for King's 1967 anti-Vietnam speech. Belafonte was an activist in his own right back in the 1960s and an acquaintance of King's.

This undated photo released by Sotheby's auction house in New York shows Martin Luther King Jr.'s scribbled notes for a speech.   (AP Photo/Sotheby's)
This undated photo released by Sotheby's auction house in New York shows an April 5, 1968, letter of condolence from President Lyndon B. Johnson to Coretta Scott King.   (AP Photo/Sotheby's)
This undated photo released by Sotheby's auction house in New York shows an original three-page handwritten outline for Martin Luther King Jr.'s first speech condemning the Vietnam War.   (AP Photo/Sotheby's)
Harry Belafonte arrives at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 17, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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