A resolution has been reached over some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s memorabilia.
While there is still a battle raging on between MLK’s heirs over some of his possessions, including his Nobel Peace Prize, a decision has been reached concerning MLK documents held by actor and longtime civil rights activist Harry Belafonte.
Belafonte will be able to keep three of King’s documents, which the King estate had been blocking him from selling. The confidential settlement was reached between Belafonte and the estate, allowing the star to retain possession of the documents.
In October, Belafonte sued King’s estate after he was blocked from auctioning the documents. Since 2008, auction house Sotheby’s has held them awaiting resolution.
Belafonte says he was given the documents during his friendship with King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. King’s children however claimed Belafonte took the papers without permission. This didn’t sit well with Belafonte, who reportedly assisted the King family financially during the civil rights movement, reports The Root. So he asked a judge to declare him the true owner of the papers.
“The papers are an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King, notes to a speech King never got to deliver in Memphis, and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King’s wife after his 1968 assassination,” reports USA Today.
No word if Belafonte still plans to sell the documents.