Martin Luther King's successors struggle for their rights

M. King

Martin Luther King’s successors disputed the sale of three manuscripts of the great legal expert which should be exposed on Sotheby’s auctions estimated at $750 000-1 300 000.

The auction house planned to sell three documents, among which there were two texts: speech of debut against war in Vietnam (1967) and speech of performance which King was going to represent in Memphis (Tennessee State) on April 7, 1968. The third document – the letter of US President Lindon Johns compiling the statement on the condolence to Martin King’s widow after murder of her husband on April 4, 1968.

At the moment papers belong to the Jamaican singer Harry Belafonte who states that he received them from Martin King, his wife and some friend of their family whose name is unknown. Nevertheless, King’s successors believe that Belafonte owns documents illegally and oppose their sale at auction. The musician also was for the idea to put off the manuscript the sales before the termination of trials. It is necessary to note that the similar conflict has already taken place in the past. The representatives of the Center of King prevented the illegal sale of papers of the black fighter with racial discrimination which members of a family of Belafonte put on for the sales in Los Angeles.

Published in: on January 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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