Belafonte keeping King documents in settlement



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer and activist Harry Belafonte will get to keep three of Martin Luther King's documents that the King estate had blocked him from selling.

Lawyers announced a confidential settlement Friday between Belafonte and the estate letting Belafonte retain possession of the documents. No other terms were announced.

Belafonte sued the civil rights leader's estate in October after being blocked from auctioning the documents. Sotheby's Inc. has held them since 2008 pending resolution of the dispute.

The papers are an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King, notes to a speech King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tenn., and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King's wife after his 1968 assassination.

It is not yet known what Belafonte plans to do with the documents.

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Jesse J. Holland

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