MLK Estate Loses Document Lawsuit

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP)— The estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is appealing the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought documents and other material from the son of the civil rights leader’s secretary.

The lawsuit was filed in September in U.S. District Court in Jackson against Howard Ballou, an anchor for WLBT-TV in Jackson.

The suit said Ballou’s mother worked as King’s secretary from 1955 to 1960 and kept documents during the time King led the Montgomery Improvement Association and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Judge Tom Lee dismissed the lawsuit March 23, saying there’s nothing to contradict Maude Ballou’s testimony that King gave her the material.

The estate filed a notice Thursday that it’s appealing to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

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