Singer and activist Harry Belafonte has filed a lawsuit against the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. over an ownership dispute of documents that Belafonte said were given to him by the late civil rights leader and his wife. (Reuters)

Harry Belafonte’s fight with the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. is going to court. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York, the 86-year-old actor-activist claims the estate has blocked him from auctioning off three documents he owns: Notes for a speech found in MLK’s suit pocket after he was assassinated; an outline of King’s Vietnam War speech, which he drafted at Belafonte’s home; and a condolence note from President Johnson to Coretta King, reports the AP. Belafonte, a close friend of MLK, tried to sell the three documents at Sotheby’s five years ago, but the estate prevented the sale. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and a legal declaration Belafonte is the rightful owner.

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