King's children in fight over Nobel Peace Prize, Bible

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Bernice King said in a statement Tuesday that her brothers want to sell their father's Bible and medal to a private buyer and that she opposes that.
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ATLANTA — Martin Luther King Jr.’s children are locked in another legal battle, this time over the civil rights icon’s Nobel Peace Prize and his personal Bible.

Bernice King said in a statement Tuesday that her brothers want to sell their father's Bible and medal to a private buyer and that she opposes that.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bernice King said in a statement Tuesday that her brothers want to sell their father's Bible and medal to a private buyer and that she opposes that.

The complaint against Bernice King was filed Friday in Fulton County Su­perior Court in Atlanta by her father’s estate, which is controlled by her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. Bernice King said in a statement Tues­day that her brothers want to sell the Bible and medal to a private buyer and that she opposes that.

King’s heirs agreed in 1995 to sign over their rights to many items they inherited from their father to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., the complaint says. Bernice King has acknowledged the validity of that agreement but has refused to turn over her father’s “traveling” Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal, the complaint says.

Bernice King said in her statement that their father “must be turning in his grave” at the idea of selling his medal and Bible, which she said were among his most prized possessions. President Obama used the Bible for his oath of office when he was sworn in for his second term last year.

“While I love my brothers dearly, this latest decision by them is extremely troubling,” she said. “Not only am I appalled and utterly ashamed, I am frankly disappointed that they would even entertain the thought of selling these precious items. It reveals a desperation beyond comprehension.”

The complaint does not mention any intention to sell the items, and the estate’s lawyers did not immediately respond to e-mails seeking comment. The estate is asking that a judge force Bernice King to relinquish the items and pay legal fees in the matter.

The estate is embroiled in a separate battle with the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, where Bernice King is the CEO. On Aug. 28 – the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech – the estate asked a judge to stop the King Center from using his image, likeness and memorabilia. The complaint said materials licensed to the King Center by the estate weren’t being properly cared for.

King was assassinated in Memphis in April 1968. His wife, Coretta Scott King, died in 2006 and Yolanda King, the Kings’ eldest child, died in 2007. That left the three remaining siblings as the sole shareholders and directors of their father’s estate, but their relationship deteriorated over legal battles.

Bernice King and Martin Luther King III sued Dexter King in 2008 to force him to open the books of their father’s estate. The lawsuit claimed Dexter King, the estate’s administrator, had refused to provide documents concerning the estate’s operations and that he had shut them out of decisions.

The siblings avoided a public jury trial over their legal feud by agreeing to a settlement in October 2009 and a judge in March 2010 dismissed most of the remaining legal claims in the dispute between them. All three siblings said at the time that they looked forward to mending the rifts and that significant progress had been made with the settlement.

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Farmboy
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Farmboy 02/04/14 - 05:16 pm
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Their father won the Nobel Peace Prize.

And his children act this way?

myfather15
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myfather15 02/04/14 - 05:48 pm
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Greed!!

Maybe the brother's should do more READING of the Book, than concerning themselves with selling it.

1st Timothy 6:10 "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

Destroying a family, over MONEY is definately a sorrow!! They should do the right thing and get this Bible to a museum. I believe it belongs in the National Archives; but that might offend some as a violation of Church and State.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 02/04/14 - 07:38 pm
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Sad to see his legacy turn to

Sad to see his legacy turn to this by his children.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/04/14 - 08:04 pm
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Tacky,

just tacky; no other way to say it. Every piece of his memorabilia should be on display for the public.

YeCats
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YeCats 02/04/14 - 08:22 pm
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As

Bible salesman Big Dan Teague taught in his tutorial, (and I quote), " It's all about the money, boys!"

teaparty
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teaparty 02/04/14 - 09:33 pm
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MLK's niece Alveda King is by
Unpublished

MLK's niece Alveda King is by far the best of the kids. Rev. Alveda King has not been brainwashed by the Marxist, liberals, democrats and the race peddling black leaders.

Pops
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Pops 02/04/14 - 10:00 pm
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I am not

in the least surprised. It's non news. Please stop covering this Augusta Chronicle.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/04/14 - 10:18 pm
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You can't control everything

Well, not everyone in a large family turns out well. I am sure Dr. King and his wife did their best to raise good children.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/05/14 - 09:43 pm
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Money fights are the worst,

Money fights are the worst, that's when you see people's true character.

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