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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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31.

Mental    

Mind you...Mr. Belafonte was responsible for bringing high profile celebrities (that white america had a lot of respect for) to the march on washington, and he paid for the education for MLK's children, and have financially been supportive to Coretta King after the passing of MLK Jr. Mr. Belafonte paid his dues 100X over...so give this man the respect he deserves instead of telling one side of the story like most gossip sites do.

381 days ago
32.

bill    

n i g g e r s got to get paid. did he also have phone numbers of the white women mlk was f u c k i n g too.

381 days ago
33.

TheUltraworld    

Harry Belafonte hates white people and he hates America. I'm sick of hearing his bitching and moaning about the country where he made a fortune. Now he wants to make a $ off of a person who was twice the man Belafonte is.Those speeches should be returned to the MLK family.

381 days ago
34.

KCINDY    

King's shady sad off spring... get a job!

381 days ago
35.

universal doll    

IInreporting this story TMZ neglected to point out Belafonte had planned to sell the historical do***ents in order to benefit a charity., for Barrios Unidos, a charity that works with street gangs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/arts/belafonte-sues-the-king-family.html?_r=0

379 days ago
36.

Lily Daisy    

It seems to me that those speeches should be with the King family, no matter who has any of them. Back off, Harry. You have no business selling off anything that the iconic MLK had, period.

364 days ago
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