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Martin Luther King Jr. letter discussing N-word being auctioned off 

"It's a profound letter from Dr. King on the evolution of race labeling."

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By Brelaun Douglas

A letter from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. where he discusses the use of the N-word and the phrase "dark skinned American” is up for auction.

Signed "Martin L. King, Jr.," the one-paged typed letter is up for sale at RR Auction.

"It's a profound letter from Dr. King on the evolution of race labeling," said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at the Boston-based auction house. 

Typed on Southern Christian Leadership Conference letterhead and addressed to a William A. Bennett, the letter reads: “I appreciated the meaningful points raised in your letter to me concerning racial appellations.

“The words 'dark skinned American' constitute a vivid depiction of both citizenship and race just as you point out.

“I agree wholeheartedly with you that the import of that term is in salient contrast with the connotation attached to the word 'nigger.'”

Dated January 18, 1966, the letter is estimated to sale for over $25,000 when the auction ends on September 14.

At the time of writing, bidding was over $7,600.

For more information or to bid, visit here

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