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The Nation

December 09, 1987

Lawyers for the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. filed suit against Boston University, seeking to reclaim 83,000 public and private documents written by the slain civil rights leader, officials said. The suit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges the papers never were legally willed to the Massachusetts university and that BU has not taken proper care of the documents. But Melvin B. Miller, a Boston University trustee, said the school where King received a doctorate in systematic theology in 1955 had evidence that King gave BU his papers as a gift.

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