Children of late American civil rights icon, Martin Luther King Jr. are locked in a court battle over their father’s bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal. The case currently being heard Atlanta
is between King’s sons, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III, and daughter, Bernice King.
Dexter and King III want the court to compel Bernice to relinquish the bible and the medal in her care, so the estate can potentially sell them to a private buyer.
Both sides have filed motions for a summary judgment, and a hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. The case is expected to go on full trial, save the judge rules for either side or the siblings reach a settlement.
In January 2014, the King estate’s board — of which Bernice King is a member — voted to order her to hand over both the Bible and the Nobel medal. Bernice responded to her brother’s suit stating that “There is no justification for selling either of these sacred items. They are priceless and should never be exchanged for money in the marketplace.” she said in a statement.
“While I love my brothers dearly, this latest decision by them … reveals a desperation beyond comprehension,” Bernice stated.