Harry Belafonte Keeping King Documents In Settlement

Source: AP / Miami Herald

WASHINGTON – Singer and activist Harry Belafonte will get to keep three of Martin Luther King’s documents that the King estate had blocked him from selling.

Lawyers announced a confidential settlement Friday between Belafonte and the estate letting Belafonte retain possession of the documents. No other terms were announced, and the lawyers refused to comment further.

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“The parties express their appreciation to one another for the good faith efforts that led to this resolution,” the lawyers said in a joint statement.

Belafonte sued the civil rights leader’s estate in October in federal court in Manhattan after being blocked from auctioning the documents. The papers are an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King, notes to a speech King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tenn., and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King’s wife after his 1968 assassination.

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