Skip to comments.(Harry) Belafonte to auction King's papers (MLK Papers)
Posted on 12/09/2008 1:14:22 PM PST by weegee
...Sothebys will offer the document for sale Thursday, along with two others: the scribbled notes for a speech King planned to deliver in Memphis, Tenn., three days after he was assassinated, and a letter of condolence from former president Lyndon B. Johnson to Kings widow.
The auction house put the overall presale estimate for the three documents at US$750,000 to $1.13 million, with the Vietnam speech alone valued at $500,000 to $800,000.
...I am at the end of my life I will be 82 shortly and there are a lot of causes I believe in for which resources are not available, and there is a need to redistribute those resources.
...Some 10,000 King documents that his family had planned to auction at Sothebys in 2006 were bought for $32 million by the city of Atlanta and are housed at Kings alma mater, Morehouse College. Another King collection is at Boston University.
King wrote the first draft of his Vietnam speech in ink on three sheets from a yellow legal pad and left it behind at Belafontes apartment when he went to Los Angeles to deliver the finished remarks on Feb. 25, 1967, before a hotel crowd of Hollywood celebrities and four U.S. senators who also had denounced the war.
...The Memphis notes, found in Kings pocket after he was gunned down April 4, 1968, on the balcony of a Memphis motel, were given by Coretta Scott King to the late Stan Levison, a close friend who then gave them to Belafonte.
In the notes, King praises the citys sanitation workers for striking against starvation wages the cause that had brought him to Memphis...
...(Mrs. King) gave (Johnsons) letter to Belafonte after the funeral service, where he stood at her side...
(Excerpt) Read more at winnipegsun.com ...
I Have A Dream Today-O.
Any prospective buyer (especially a publicly funded one) should be made aware of what causes Mr. Belafonte plans to fund with this money.
I’m surprised that the King family did not claim ownership of these papers. They tried to seized the papers that had been GIVEN to Boston University. And then to see the family auction of papers.
Nothing in the provenance indicates Mr. Belefonte was expected to maintain ownership of any of the papers by the MLK or his family’s wishes. One came to him by way of someone else they’d gifted the notes to.
Since he didn’t see fit to give the first right of ownership back to the family, I again ask, what Left Wing causes will he be funding?
Why don’t you contribute them to some university or museum you greedy slime?
Hugo Chavez and Harry Belafonte.
...I am at the end of my life “
Banana boat come soon, take me away-O
Someone speed up that banana boat, would you?
Another hypocrit leftist scum-bag exposed. He should do the right thing and donate them. No can do, takes a lot of money to be a communist I guess.
Come mister tally man, tally me banana. Daylight come and me want go home. God, I have good memories of My Dad playing Calypso music!!!
Advertise, Advertise, Advertise!
MLK Boulevard signs coming down, BHO Boulevard signs going up. Cash in now, but as they become scarce, prices will go back up.
Harry Belafonte could have donated the King papers to a library or museum but instead, he'll auction them off and use the proceeds to fund his favorite radical leftist causes. We know that because his comment: "there are a lot of causes I believe in for which resources are not available, and there is a need to redistribute those resources. indicates that Belafonte wants to donate the big bucks he'll make from the sale of Dr. King's papers to far-left 'causes'. The NAACP or the Cancer Society can't claim that 'resources' (money) isn't available to them. Leftist, anti-American groups can and we know Harry believes in them.
Of course, maybe Belafonte will donate the proceeds from the sale of the King papers to some worthy charity that actually accomplishes something that helps Americans - or anyone...but I wouldn't bet on it. This is Harry Belafonte. A talented man who grew wealthy and famous from singing Calypso music and acting in films. Belafonte has enjoyed a very good life in America but seems to hold resentments against what he apparently believes are never-ending 'injustices' wrought by what he probably assumes are 'racist' Americans. Harry's antipathy toward the Bush administration is pure 'Bush Derangement Syndrome' insanity, writ large.
At this late date, 50 years past Belafonte's peak fame, the man is hardly relevant. This selling off of what should have belonged to the King family and using the money to fund radical causes is unfortunate, but perfectly legal and certainly not unusual for Harry Belafonte, a man who glibly insulted a distinguished U.S. General and former Secretary of State Colin Powell as well as the current Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, both African-Americans, by comparing them to 'house n----ers" in a radio interview. Belafonte has characterized President George W. Bush as a 'terrorist' and generally recited the usual hate-Bush, anti-Iraq-war talking points common to the far left, but, of course, he describes himself as 'a patriot'. Don't they all?
Mr. Belafonte acknowledges that, at 81, he is near the end of his life, which is his rationale for selling off the King papers. I hope Harry lives a lot longer and retains his health but when Harry Belafonte's time comes, as it does for all men, he will hardly be missed.
Indeed it does.
Cash-Strapped Communists Hawk Treasures (France) (The Telegraph (UK) 6-10-2007 Kim Willsher)
Famously supported by poets and intellectuals including Pablo Picasso, the surrealists André Breton and René Magritte and poet Louis Aragon, the Communists were historically never short of a few francs. But they were always secretive about their funding, partly because some of it came from the KGB.
Now the party has been forced to admit things are "seriously tight", after claims that it plans to sell the family silver, including its emblematic Paris headquarters - a listed building designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer - and valuable art including Mona Lisa with Moustache by Marcel Duchamp.
In the "catastrophic" election campaign, party leader Marie-George Buffet ran up a £3.7 million bill that yielded less than two per cent of the votes. Under France's complex system of political funding, the collapse of support meant only £550,000 was reimbursed by the state, rather than the £5.4 million the party would have received had it won at least five per cent of the national vote.
Again, the question the media won't ask, what causes is Harry Belafonte feeding this money to?
There has already been movement to declare Obama Day. Before the fencepost turtle has even done anything.
“when Harry Belafonte’s time comes, as it does for all men, he will hardly be missed.”
The general feeling will be that another foremr hollywood star is dead, ho hum, no news here.
“Why dont you contribute them to some university or museum you greedy slime?”
Selfishness is the primary objective of all of liberalism. It is the core of everything they stand for.
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