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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
Harry Belafonte Hopes to Sell MLK Notes, Documents
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)

(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. (Read more Harry Belafonte stories.)

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