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Bernice King begs brothers not to sell Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize, Bible

CAM00566Dr. Bernice King said she’ll reluctantly acquiesce to a judge’s order to hand over her father’s Nobel Peace Prize medal and his personal Bible that President Obama used during his second Inauguration swearing in ceremony. But she also used a press conference at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church to put her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, on blast for coveting the millions they might receive for selling the heirlooms.

Calling Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic possessions priceless, Bernice King implored the surviving siblings to rethink their stance.

“I appeal to you to reconsider your position and not sell our father’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize,” Bernice King said. “These two artifacts are too sacred to be sold or be bought under any circumstance.”

King’s estate is run by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. The estate’s lawyers filed court papers January 31 asking a judge to order their sister, the Rev. Bernice King, to surrender the items.

“I implore you to consider the magnitude of this moment in history and how you want your individual legacies to be defined,” she said to her brothers, who were not present. Martin Luther King III still lives in Atlanta while Dexter King resides in Malibu, Calif.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ordered that the Nobel prize and Bible be kept together in a safe deposit box in the name of the estate but that the keys be given to the court.

Bernice was joined at the news conference by supporters, including Elizabeth Omilami, the daughter of civil rights leader Hosea Williams, and the Rev. Willie Bolden, who said he participated with King in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Bernice said some people had urged her to refuse to hand over the Bible and Nobel Peace Prize and to go to jail instead. But she said she will comply with the judge’s order.

“It is, deep in my soul, difficult to place what my father described as precious heirlooms under the custody of the government, even if only for a season,” she said. “Yet, I recognize that justice and righteousness are not always aligned, and there is often a disconnect between God’s law and man’s law.”




1 Comment

  1. kelly on March 12, 2014 at 12:09 am

    AS A BLACK WOMAN GROWING UP IN THE 60S AND 70… i was young so my mother taught me about civil rights ..our history books told us nothing except a few line about who king was ,as a minister . iquest they didnt want school to become breeding grounds for hate , for white kids… cause i know in my school heads would have rolled if we knew then what i later discovered about whites and their torchur of our people ….
    ok but here MY PROBLEM WITH THE KING KIDS … THERE IS SOMTHING ERRY ABOUT HOW THEY SEEM TO NOT RESPECT THEIR DADS LEGACY ..THE ONLY ONE OF THEM SEEM TO HAVE SINCE IS YOLANDA ,,, THE ONE WHO DIED … I REALLY cant fantom why they they have so much disreguards for their role as the offspring of one of the worlds most beloved men … you dont see the royals fighting over princess diannias estate .the QUEEN WOULD BE HEAD SOMEBODY … i mean you have to draw a line … non of them will grow old brook …king museum and foundation is theirs even when they die and leave it to the grand kids ..so why do they get in an beef over little things …. THE BIBLE IS BIG …BUT I MEAN ….. issues that could be resolved through talk in private ..we dont want to be reminded that king would be sad if he is lookin down on them … quit it already …… and get back to the business of running the estate BEFORE THE WHITE MAN RUN IT FOR YOU ….. CORRETTA WOULD BE MORITIFIED TOO…. the bernice is always starting a fight …. hanging around tryin to be a hollywood clingy …and tryin for fame she is better than ……. the william sister venus and serena is next to get on my nerve tryin to be celebrities in an arena that they were not gift to do … they are not actors or snger but … celebrated athletes why isnt that enough without serena tryin on every chance she can to get some booty shots done so the ex cons in prison can go nutts …. cause real men out her is not carring like that bout no masculine body hard face female who clearly is an athlete and not a sex symbol …
    BUT BACK TO BERNIEC KING ..I WISH SHE WOULD START ACTING LIKE THE DAUGHTER OF A LEGEND ABOVE LEGENDS … BEYONCE HAS MONEY BUT CANT HOLD A CANDLE TO THE KING SONS AND DAUGHTERS IT TWO DIFFERENT FAMES … LOL ..JEEEEZ …. YOU MAKE US SAD WHEN YOU REDUCE DR KING TO A REV SHARPTON… LOL