The children of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., have always been at odds when it comes to their father’s estate but this time, one child is holding her ground. Bernice King, King’s daughter, has strict possession of the slain leader’s legendary Nobel Peace Prize as well as the traveling Bible he used during the civil rights movement. But her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, are suing to force her hand.
No stranger to family feuds, the siblings have been at odds since 2009 when Bernice and Martin Luther King III sued their brother, Dexter, for wrongfully taking funds for King’s estate. Now five years later, the siblings are back in court as the two brothers are looking to sell the two major remaining pieces of the estate. Bernice is standing her ground on the situation, refusing to allow her brothers to have control over the items and even went so far as to declare herself the true protector. “When the record books are written, let it be said that there was at least one heir who tried to further the legacy,” she said in a news conference Thursday while standing at the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where her father and grandfather were pastors.
This isn’t the first time the children have tried to profit off King’s estate. In 2006, Sotheby’s auctioned off 10,000 documents for $32 million, which they all split evenly.
Currently, the items in question are being held in court until a resolution can be found.
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