Fight Over MLKs Bible and Nobel Prize Ends Up in Court

The last official portrait taken of the entire family. From left are Dexter King, Yolanda King (deceased) standing next to MLK, Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King (sitting on Coretta's lap), Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King III. Source: DrMartinLutherKing.net

The last official portrait taken of the entire family. From left are Dexter King, Yolanda King (deceased) standing next to MLK, Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King (sitting on Coretta’s lap), Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King III.
Source: DrMartinLutherKing.net

A recent report from CNN stated that a judge in Georgia ordered the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize to be stored in a safe deposit box that only the court will access until litigation over the items between the slain civil rights leader’s children can be worked out.

The judge’s order is the latest development in a feud between King’s daughter, Bernice and two sons, Dexter and Martin Luther King III, over control of the Bible and Nobel prize. Bernice claims that her brothers want to sell the objects, while she wants the precious items retained in the estate.

Bernice KingThe CNN report further stated that this was not the first time the family had been at odds over Dr. King’s legacy. Over the years, the siblings have sued and counter-sued one another for a variety of reasons.

For more information, read the CNN report, “Judge orders MLK’s Bible, Nobel Peace Prize stored in safe deposit box“. (opens in new window)