Harry Belafonte suing MLK’s family

Harry Belafonte suing MLK’s family

Singer Harry Belafonte is suing the family of the late Martin Luther King Jr. to get back documents the music and film star claims he retained through his close relationship with the civil-rights leader and had hoped to auction off for charity.

The “King of Calypso” filed suit on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against MLK’s daughter Bernice and the King estate “to resolve once and for all” a long-standing dispute over documents he tried to auction off in 2008 — only to have Bernice King claim the papers were “wrongfully acquired.”

The documents include notes from an undelivered speech that King had on him when he was assassinated in 1968, a famous 1967 speech that was King’s first outcry against America’s involvement in Vietnam, and a condolence letter that then-President Lyndon Johnson sent to King’s wife, Coretta, following MLK’s death.

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