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    Posted: Feb 08 2014 at 8:12pm

Martin Luther King Jr.’s children battling over estate 

Bernice King is battling against her brothers, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III, who want to sell their father's Nobel Peace Prize medal and his personal traveling Bible - which was used by President Barack Obama during his second inauguration.

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Bernice King speaks during a news conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where her father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., preached. King is in the middle of a battle with her brothers over their father’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal.

ATLANTA — Facing the latest in a string of legal battles with her brothers, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. is seeking to portray herself as the true heir to her father's legacy.

Bernice King has been outspoken this week in her opposition to what she said is a plan by her brothers, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III, to sell their father's Nobel Peace Prize medal and personal traveling Bible. Bernice has possession of both items, and her brothers asked a judge last week to order her to turn them over.

"I take this strong position for my father because Daddy is not here to say for himself, 'My Bible and my medals are not to be sold,'" she said at a news conference Thursday from the pulpit of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where her father and grandfather were pastors.

"When the record books are written, let it be said that there was at least one heir who tried to further the legacy," she later added.

King's heirs agreed in 1995 to sign over rights for many inherited items to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., the brothers' complaint filed in a court in Atlanta says. Bernice King has repeatedly acknowledged the validity of that agreement, but is now refusing to hand over the Bible and medal, the complaint says.

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. His widow, Coretta Scott King, died in 2006.

The King children have profited from their father's legacy. In 2006, Sotheby's auctioned off 10,000 documents from their collection for $32 million, with the siblings receiving equal shares of the money.

Daughter of MLK, Jr. at Odds With Brothers

A generation after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, his children are locked in a fight over control of the civil rights leader's legacy, involving two of his most cherished possessions: his Nobel Peace Prize medal and the Bible...

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"The agenda has always been greed," Garrow said. "It's been about maximizing the dollar value of Dr. King's legacy."

While their mother was alive, the King children had periods of not speaking to each other, but they mostly kept disagreements to themselves. After their mother died in January 2006, it was the oldest daughter, Yolanda, who held the siblings together. But when Yolanda died in May 2007, that glue was gone.

Just over a year after Yolanda's death, the long-simmering dispute between the three remaining children boiled over, with three lawsuits filed between the siblings in as many months. The disputes between the three have mostly involved aspects of control of their parents' legacy, and most often in the past, the fights pitted Bernice and Martin against Dexter.

Bernice said she's aware that many people may roll their eyes and say, "Here the King children go again." But this time is different, she said. These two items are sacred and reflect the very essence of their father: a man of God and a champion of peaceful protest.

In response to repeated emails and calls, a lawyer for the King estate, which is controlled by Dexter and Martin III, sent a copy of the 1995 agreement among the siblings. The lawyer offered no comment.

From left to right, Martin Luther King III, Dexter King, the late Yolanda King and Bernice King, stand next to a crypt dedicated to their parents, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, in 2006.

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From left to right, Martin Luther King III, Dexter King, the late Yolanda King and Bernice King, stand next to a crypt dedicated to their parents, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, in 2006.

Garrow, the historian, said King's Bible should go to a museum or somewhere it can be seen by everyone.

"The fundamental bottom line here is that the King children have no clue what their father's legacy really means," the historian said. "Martin Luther King Jr. was the most unselfish, ungreedy person who ever lived."

Bernice said she loves her brothers and cannot explain why she disagrees with them on certain issues. Despite public opinion, she said, they do not take legal action against each other lightly and use it only as a last resort.

She said she hopes they will be able to reconcile in the future and offered an apology to her parents, adding, "I believe that one day we will set the example you hoped we would provide."

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, one of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s lieutenants and a family friend, supports Bernice in the latest disagreement. Bernice said Lowery wasn't able to make it to the news conference, but she read a statement he sent her.

"I'm deeply disturbed by the thought of selling Martin's Bible and Peace Prize," the statement said. "I sincerely hope that they, his children, will find a way to resolve their differences and address their problems without the thought of putting Martin's Bible or Peace Prize for sale."





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that must be why they sued harry belafonte a year or 2 ago, they wanted to pocket the money
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Cash rules everything arounme.......
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Originally posted by bunzaveli bunzaveli wrote:

that must be why they sued harry belafonte a year or 2 ago, they wanted to pocket the money
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Many racist people would love to win and destroy the items . Nothing sacred to that family .

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that's messed up. 
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i'm so proud of his daughter bernice
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