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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