Harry Belafonte And MLK’s Estate Duke It Out Over The Sale Of Dr. King’s Most Famous Speeches
Well, there appears to be more drama involving the family of slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. According to TMZ actor and social activist Harry Belafonte has some of Dr. King’s original speeches in his possession. He also has the notes that were in his late friend’s pocket when he was assassinated back in 1968 and the condolence letter written to Coretta Scott King by President Lyndon Johnson. Harry is looking to auction off the items, but Dr. King’s family isn’t really going for it.
Back in 2008, Harry tried to sell the items at a Sotheby’s auction, but the Kings objected and the auction was canceled. According to reports, Harry has been pretty angry about the way things went down and now he’s taking Dr. Martin Luther King’s estate to court. Now he’s not requesting money, but instead he’s asking for a judge to rule that he is the rightful owner of the items and that he has the right to sell them if he pleases. Oh, but there’s more. Sotheby’s is keeping the items until a judge rules on who the rightful owners are.
There’s no word on exactly how Harry acquired any of the items, but he and Dr. King were good friends. MLK frequently worked out of Harry’s New York City apartment and Harry offered him lots of financial support. It sucks that things have come to this. Hopefully they can settle this amicably.