Bernice King asks brothers to reconsider sale of MLK’s prized possessions
The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. urged her brothers to reconsider their plan to sell the civil rights icon’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.
King’s estate is governed by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. Lawyers for the estate filed court papers Jan. 31 asking a judge to order Rev. Bernice King to surrender the items.
A lawyer for the estate said at a court hearing last month that the estate has been in conversations with entities that want to buy or lease them.
Bernice has repeatedly said she opposes any such deal.
“I implore you to consider the magnitude of this moment in history and how you want your individual legacies to be defined,” Bernice said at a news conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, addressing her brothers who weren’t present.
Lawyers for the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. did not immediately respond to an email and phone call seeking comment Thursday.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney decline to gran the estate’s request for Bernice to turn over the items, saying it would be more appropriate to maintain the status quo until the dispute is resolved.
He ruled that the items be kept in a safe deposit box in the name of the estate but that the keys be given to the court.
On Thursday, Bernice called on her brothers to hold another vote and she she hopes that at least one of them would change his mind. “With God’s help, I can only believe that the judge’s ruling is not a setback but an opportunity for my brothers to step up to reason and do what their conscience tells them is right,” she said.
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