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Harry Belafonte

I HAVE A DREAM

To Sell MLK's Speeches

10/15/2013 1:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1015_harry_mtk_gettyHarry Belafonte wants to be free at last ... to sell original speeches penned by Martin Luther King, Jr., but King's Estate has mounted a challenge from the mountaintop ... so Belafonte is now suing.

Get this ... Belafonte has the notes that were in Dr. King's suit pocket when he was assassinated in 1968.  He also has a condolence letter written to Coretta King by President Lyndon Johnson.  And, he has various King speeches, including the outline for the famous "The casualties of the war in Vietman" speech.

Belafonte tried to sell the docs at a Sotheby's auction back in 2008, but the Estate objected and the auction was cancelled. 

Belafonte apparently was stewing over this for years, and now he's made his move by filing a lawsuit asking a judge to confirm he's the rightful owner.  And get this ... Sotheby's is holding all the docs until a court decides who owns the priceless stuff.

As for how Harry gained possession of the docs, he had a long relationship with King during the Civil Rights movement.  In fact, King worked at Belafonte's NYC apartment and Belafonte even provided King with financial support.

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His Prince Michael    

The Anti-American and Fascist U.S. Pharaoh:
"I Have A Drone"


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The Declaration of 2008
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The Final Declaration (2009)
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185 days ago
17.

speekintruth    

MLK failed. Tried hard, but he failed.
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Blacks have all the rights, but have proven themselves to be a racist group with intense social and intellect problems.
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They were offered an equal part in society and passed on it.
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Obama was supposed to unify the nation. - instead - the blacks are more racist than ever and all their social problems are worse than ever.

185 days ago
18.

Tax    

What a complete lack of respect Harry Belafonte has for history. Does he need the money that bad? Why not donate to a museum?

185 days ago
19.

TPF    

Belafonte is a nut case and should be locked up.
He is also an extreme racist.

185 days ago
20.

youwantme    

I wouldn't put it past Belafonte to have stolen the notes off a dying man. Remember, Jessie Jackson ran up the stairs and mopped up blood with his shirt (even though he was no where near the event.)

185 days ago
21.

Lee    

Delusional communist. Should be making peace with God but he won't. The MLK estate owns the intellectual rights of the speech and others cannot profit from it. This fool has no honor which is required to do the right thing and return the do***ents to MLK estate.

185 days ago
22.

Vote2012    

I have always thought this guy was a big racist, he views the world as black or white, plus he is a big time liberal wacko.He probably likes the fact Obama is turning the USA into a banana republic.

185 days ago
23.

hmpf    

Reverend King was such a brilliant man...too bad the family seems so screwed up..brings to mind you can pick your nose, but you can not pick your family...I hope Harry prevails.

185 days ago
24.

abby    

If Harry Belafonte say's the items are his, they're his. He should be able to do with them what he wants.

185 days ago
25.

Phishie from Philly    

Looks like Harry has a dream, a dream to get P A I D
..

185 days ago
26.

Havana6    

Keep your speech the black man has not learned anything yet lol

185 days ago
27.

M    

"Daylight come and me wanna get paid"

185 days ago
28.

Jackie    

Who cares.

185 days ago
29.

Mark426    

Mr. Kings family is just like Michael Jacksons...a bunch of leaches that cant make it on their own.

184 days ago
30.

Mental    

This article is not telling the whole story. Mr. Belafonte would be selling MLK's memorabilia (through Sotheby's) and donating the proceeds to a non-profit organization that prevents gang violence. So it's going towards a good cause, and that's all that matters.

184 days ago
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