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Perhaps someone needs to organize a march to protest the King family mess. Bernice King, the daughter of  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., held a press conference last week where she pleaded with her brothers not to sell their father’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.

“I implore you to consider the magnitude of this moment in history and how you want your individual legacies to be defined,” King said at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Just stop the madness. The forever feuding King kids are out of control.

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

Bernice insists that King III and Dexter have contacted people who want to buy the Bible and the Noble Prize. A judge, who is trying to mediate a temporary solution, set a deadline for the items to be placed in a safe deposit box and Bernice King says 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. With God’s help, I can only believe that the judge’s ruling is not a setback but an opportunity for my brothers to step up to reason and do what their conscience tells them is right,” she said.

Are Martin III and Dexter so desperate that they need to cash in on their father’s personal mementos? Here’s an ironic twist: When King was notified of his award, he announced that he would turn over the prize money – $54,123 – to support the civil rights movement.

Fifty years after King unselfishly donated his Nobel Prize money to his campaign for social justice, his children are fighting each other in court over the same Noble Prize medal – for money.

It seems like the King family is suing everybody – or at least threatening all kinds of folks with potential legal action. Last week, Georgia’s governor was also put on notice. A Georgia bill calls for a monument to Dr. King to be erected on the grounds of the Georgia Capitol.

Gov. Nathan Deal told a congregation at Ebenezer Baptist Church in January that he would work with the legislature to secure a place at the Capitol for a memorial. But Eric Tidwell, who represents the King family, sent a letter to the governor’s office saying the estate owns all rights to Dr. King’s “name, image, likeness, words, rights of publicity, copyrighted works, recorded voice and trademark interests.”

When the media reported that the governor referenced this initiative in remarks he made on the King holiday, we expected to hear from your office and the appropriate parties seeking the estate’s input and approval,” Tidwell wrote. The latest dispute between the King family comes months after Martin III and Dexter decided to sue Andrew Young, the former U.S. Ambassador and close personal friend to King.

At issue is a lawsuit initiated by King’s sons. The legal argument focuses on who has the rights to King’s words and image. King’s sons are apparently angry at Young over footage of King that appears in a production by Young’s foundation.

Another of King’s friends — actor Harry Belafonte – is also embroiled in a legal dispute with King’s children over ownership of some King documents. I have no idea how this feud ultimately gets resolved, I only know that a King family once regarded as proud upstanding citizens, has now been reduced to punch lines and pity.

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15 thoughts on “Feuding King Kids Put Georgia Governor On Notice

  1. Jiggy5 on said:

    Let’s see you all’s reaction when Dexter sells the bible to white investors. You can’t make this shyt up. Only Niccas can get life so shigiddy azz focked up.

  2. Ivan Cohen on said:

    Here is a novel idea for the King children….a reality show titled ” Sue Me.” From what this article there is no shortage regarding who the cast of characters would be.

  3. Driene on said:

    No matter what the reason for this “mess”, it’s still shameful that the ‘boys’ are acting like greedy children…fighting with their sister over such personal items. SHAME ON THEM!!

  4. uptil I looked at the receipt which had said $9859 , I did not believe that…my… sister had been actualie receiving money in there spare time at their computer. . there aunts neighbour had bean doing this for only about fifteen months and just now took care of the morgage on there appartment and purchased a great Porsche 911 . over at this website b­ a­ r­ 2­ 9­ ­ ­ .­ C­ O­ M­

  5. Michelle on said:

    What next? Will the King brothers now ask for payment from every city in the United States that has a Martin Luther King St./Av/Blvd.

  6. (NO)one want work in da king family they just want 2 spent that money .when everything is gone an da king family is broke.u know da rest bing black.go 2 work.martin .dexer

  7. chester modee on said:


  8. Daniel Asamota on said:

    They are not receiving royalties and payments for things they should. Other sons and daughters of great men or entertainers receive payments for their parents work regularly and without question. Too many whites want to use the name and likeness of Dr. King for their own profit treating him as public domain and not paying his children one cent. They are trying to maintain control of their father’s legacy but the forces that be are allowing them few other options other than to sue. And as with all people, they are disagreeing on how to handle this very difficult situation for Dr. King IS treated as public domain and he shouldn’t be. All of his works, his writings, his speeches, his likeness and image should be controlled by his children and passed on to their children for posterity.

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