Friday, December 12th, 2008

Writing for history



In the early part of 1967, Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King was contemplating delivering an important speech opposing the Vietnam War. He wrote the first draft of the speech in ink on three sheets from a yellow legal pad. He was supposed to deliver it on Feb. 25th of that year. But apparently, he left it behind at the the apartment of his friend and ally, Harry Belafonte in New York. The speech, titled “The Casualties of the War in Vietnam,” denounced the quagmire in Southeast Asia. Now, 40 years after a controversy has erupted after Belafonte decided to sell the historical materials in auction. He said the money will go to charities. However, MLK’s children opposed the sale claiming that it belongs to the King estate. If you are Mr. Belafonte, and you’re already at the sunset of your life, would you do the same? Before you decide, read the story here.

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