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Harry Belafonte settles legal dispute with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s kids

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Apr 13, 2014 | 5:22pm EDT

Veteran musician Harry Belafonte has reached a legal settlement with the estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. over the ownership of three historical documents relating to the late civil rights leader. The singer filed suit against the iconic activist's three children, Dexter, Bernice and Martin Luther King III, in October (13) amid claims they had blocked him from selling the papers in 2008, despite insisting they were among a number of items gifted to him by his close friend's widow, Coretta Scott King following his assassination in 1968. The articles in contention were a draft of a Vietnam War speech, notes on a speech King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tennessee, and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King's wife after his death. Belafonte sued for unspecified damages and a rightful ownership ruling, but the legal action has ended in a private settlement, which allows the singer to keep the documents.

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