Martin Luther King's secretary to auction off rare papers to establish education fund

NEW YORK - Papers from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including a page from his "I Have a Dream" speech, are being auctioned in New York.

The papers are being sold Thursday by King's secretary from the late 1950s.

Maude Ballou, of Ridgeland, Miss., will use part of the proceeds to establish an education fund at Alabama State University. The 88-year-old is selling the items through the New York City office of Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

Sandra Palomino of Heritage Auctions says that some of the more than 100 items are so rare that it's difficult to put a value on them.

They include a handwritten letter King sent to Ballou while touring India in 1959. He was there to learn about Mahatma Gandhi's campaign of nonviolent resistance.

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