Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King, is speaking out against her apparently money hungry brothers Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, the controllers of the MLK Jr’s estate.

In a letter printed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Bernice King, an Atlanta minister, says that her brothers are trying to sell two of the family’s most prized possessions:  a Nobel Peace Prize Medal and a Bible belonging to their father. Ironically, this is the same bible used during Barack Obama’s inauguration.  The King brothers have filed a lawsuit against their sister since she won’t turn over the items:

King writes:

On January 20, as we observed my father’s 85th birthday and The King Holiday, my brothers, Dexter Scott King and Martin Luther King, III, notified me that they want to sell to a private buyer our father’s most prized possessions, his Nobel Peace Prize Medal and his personal Bible which was used by President Barak (sic) Obama as he was sworn in for his second term in office and subsequently signed by him.  I am absolutely opposed to the selling of these extremely sacred items and I expressed my opposition to my brothers.  Although these items have been under my care and custody for the past few years, they have remained in a safe and secure location since my father’s assassination, and my mother’s death in 2006.  After I refused to immediately transfer these items to another location at their request, consequently on January 31 my brothers through The Estate of Martin L. King, Jr., Inc filed a lawsuit {Civil Action No. 2014cv241929} to force me to turn these items over for the express purpose of selling them.  In my opinion, there is no justification for selling either of these sacred items.  They are priceless and should never be exchanged for money in the marketplace.

While I love my brothers dearly, this latest decision by them is extremely troubling.   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. As Mark 8:36 teaches, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”  Our Father MUST be turning in his grave.

As a minister of the Gospel, the thought of selling my daddy’s Bible troubles my mind, vexes my spirit and weighs on my soul.  The thought of profiting from the sale of the Peace Prize Medal, which my father accepted 50 years ago this year on behalf of the greatest demonstration of peace this nation has ever seen, is spiritually violent, unconscionable, historically negligent, and outright morally reprehensible.   This is especially true in light of the fact that my father gave away every dime of the Nobel award money to support the civil rights movement.

This is yet another battle between the King children, who can’t seem to get their family business in order after all of these years. Last year, the brothers filed a suit against Bernice because they felt The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change was negligent in handling King memorabilia. Poor Dr. King Jr. is rolling over in his grave.


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