Bernice King at a Feb 2014 press conference.
*The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday publicly urged her brothers to search their consciences and stop plans to sell their father’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.
King’s estate is run by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. The estate’s lawyers filed court papers Jan. 31 asking a judge to order their sister, the 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,” she said Thursday at a news conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, addressing her brothers who weren’t present.
*TMZ grilled Bernice King at LAX yesterday about having to hand over two prized possessions of her father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the bitter legal dispute with her brothers, who control their father’s estate.
Bernice commented on a Georgia judge’s ruling last week that she must give up MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize and his Bible while she continues a legal war with brothers Dexter King and MLK III.
Lawyers for the brothers have said they have a lucrative offer to sell both items, but Bernice made it clear she’s against pawning them off.
*The dispute between the children of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has expanded into the well-being of the late civil rights icon’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal.
Reuters reports that a judge in the case ruled Wednesday that the items be moved to a court-controlled safety deposit box with the judge holding the keys.
Wednesday’s ruling puts a new spin on the inner turmoil between Dexter and Martin Luther King III and Bernice King.
*The daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is sticking to her guns regarding a lawsuit filed against her by her own brothers.
The Rev. Bernice King officially addressed the legal situation Thursday during a press conference at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. The occasion marks the first time Dr. King’s youngest daughter has publicly responded to the lawsuit. In her eyes, the conflict goes deeper than what’s on the surface legally.
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“I will always love my brothers, but we are of different minds and most importantly, different relationships with God,” said an emotional King, who is the youngest daughter of her famous father. “I know my position is right. It’s about standing on principle.”
MLK III, Dexter King, Dr. Bernice King
More King family drama going down.
The Martin Luther King Jr. estate has asked a judge to force Dr. King’s daughter to give up the late civil rights leader’s Nobel Peace Prize and his famed “traveling” bible.
*Rev Al Sharpton is moving to Chicago’s West Side.
The plan is to draw greater attention to the gun violence that plagues the city. Toward that effort, Sharpton said he will rent an apartment and commute home to New York weekly for the next two to three months. Joining him in the same undisclosed building is Martin Luther King III.
Supporting their move are several West Side leaders in the business and faith communities. Also, Congressman Danny Davis says he welcomes the attention this visit will bring.
Rev. Sharpton preached two sermons Sunday morning at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.
Watch a report from WGN below.