Martin Luther King III and Dexter King filed a lawsuit against their sister Bernice King on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and their father’s “I Have a Dream” speech over their father’s memorabilia.
The sons who run the estate, sued a non-profit organization, The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, run by Bernice. The two claim that their sister uses their father’s memorabilia without license according to the Daily Mail.
They allege Dr. King’s recordings, sermons, images, letters, speeches and copyrights are at risk of being damaged or stolen. King’s niece, Alveda is also being accused of trying to impede an audit of Dr. MLK’s possessions that was being performed by the estate.
According to the Courthouse News Service, the estate claims they “licensed intellectual property rights” to the non-profit organization in March 2009. They also allege “the current manner of care and storage of the physical property by defendant is unacceptable.”
Bernice’s attorney said they will take action, releasing in a letter, that they are “taking action to work a violation of plaintiff’s intellectual property rights,” reports the Courthouse News Service.
Martin and Dexter have yet to comment on the suit. The estate is represented by William Hill of Rafuse Hill & Hodges in Atlanta, Georgia.