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Statement From Dr. Bernice A. King: "My Brothers Want To Sell My Father’s Nobel Peace Prize Medal And His Bible”

Atlanta, GA (February 4, 2014). On January 20, as we observed my father’s 85th birthday and The King Holiday, my brothers, Dexter Scott King and Martin Luther King, III, notified me that they want to sell to a private buyer our father’s most prized possessions, his Nobel Peace Prize Medal and his personal Bible which was used by President Barack Obama as he was sworn in for his second term in office and subsequently signed by him. I am absolutely opposed to the selling of these extremely sacred items and I expressed my opposition to my brothers. Although these items have been under my care and custody for the past few years, they have remained in a safe and secure location since my father’s assassination, and my mother’s death in 2006. After I refused to immediately transfer these items to another location at their request, consequently on January 31 my brothers through The Estate of Martin L. King, Jr., Inc filed a lawsuit {Civil Action No. 2014cv241929} to force me to turn these items over for the express purpose of selling them. In my opinion, there is no justification for selling either of these sacred items. They are priceless and should never be exchanged for money in the marketplace.

While I love my brothers dearly, this latest decision by them is extremely troubling. Not only am I appalled and utterly ashamed, I am frankly disappointed that they would even entertain the thought of selling these precious items. It reveals a desperation beyond comprehension. As Mark 8:36 teaches, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Our Father MUST be turning in his grave.

As a minister of the Gospel, the thought of selling my daddy’s Bible troubles my mind, vexes my spirit and weighs on my soul. The thought of profiting from the sale of the Peace Prize Medal, which my father accepted 50 years ago this year on behalf of the greatest demonstration of peace this nation has ever seen, is spiritually violent, unconscionable, historically negligent, and outright morally reprehensible. This is especially true in light of the fact that my father gave away every dime of the Nobel award money to support the civil rights movement.

My brothers’ decision to sue me is drastic and grieves me greatly. I have absolutely no desire to be in court or to fight yet another public battle. There are crippling questions plaguing our world and our father had many answers. Our energy should be focused on the business of advancing his nonviolent teachings in the world. Nonetheless, some actions are sacrilegious and some things are not for sale no matter the circumstances, including my daddy’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize Medal. Both are tangible evidence of the faith and devotion of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Parting with this priceless memorabilia should not be an option.

Though I am unsettled at the prospect of losing these treasures, I am steadfast in my strength to protect them. I continue to pray for my brothers, especially that they will recognize that no amount of money can compensate for the priceless inheritance we received from our parents and our responsibility to advancing their legacies.

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  • jfreemom

    This would be a historic travesty and a black mark to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself. To think that the sons of a man that was so selfless and giving, would turn on the very morals and values that he instilled in them and fought tirelessly for with others is just an outright disgrace! Those young men should be ashamed of themselves for even entertaining the thought or possibility of selling ANY of the memorabilia of Dr. King’s.

  • Marcus Rowland Graham

    sad… amazing how families get torn apart and sick how they could want to sell the very emblems for which their father stood.

  • Elizabeth Jones Kirk

    Just a shame and a disgrace to their father’s legacy. They need to grow up, get a job. All of Dr. King’s memorabilia need to be put into conservatorship. These people need an intervention. God help them. I am saddened by this. SMH

  • DJackson

    Suicide to the memories of Dr. King. Such hideous thoughts conspired in the mind of hungry and devious sons of a legacy….an absolute shame.

  • Dora Dee

    Is it always about the money! My God! The King brothers are sliding down a slippery slope with this law suit. I’m am appalled myself that they would even consider to sale a sacrilegious artifact of Dr MLK’s bible and noble peace prize! HE DIED FOR YOU! (referring to his sons) Uugghhh!

  • thomasbone63

    Don’t sell.

  • Bunny Withers

    How in the world could they even consider selling these priceless items? To a private party, no less. They should be part of the King Center and/or the very least be given to the Smithsonian African-American Museum, if the family cannot come together. The Legacy Dr. King left belongs to all of us. The Kings are the guardians and need to act like it.

  • kwendeche

    Both items should be donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, currently under construction (2015 completion) in Washington, DC. At least these items and other important memorabilia will be safe from the greed of MLK’s descendants.

    • Leslie Young

      The items, when the heirs have passed, should stay at the King Center, in his hometown.

  • Bridget Early

    This is really sad, do not sell!!

  • disqus_ofo7VvaWmY

    YOU ARE ALL EMBARRASING. Work this stuff out in the privacy of your own homes… STOP EMBARRASSING US

  • Laroi Dion Jackson Sr.

    …”NO SELL OUT”

  • Vince Carpenter

    I personally am somewhat appalled that they would want to sell them, but really, it’s none of anyone else’s business.

    The legacy isn’t in the things, but in the teachings. If the property can be legally sold by the brothers, then that’s up to them to decide.

  • CrystalPSmith

    I am sort of wondering why this story is being weighed in the public eye… I think that you ALL should keep this personally between you and if it gets to that level, the court system. Secondly, if this case is mitigated in the courts THEN inform us of the outcome.
    This is personal family business and it’s making us look bad as a race and it’s sad to see our late Spiritual Father & Mother’s children fighting personal conflict in the public eye.

    • TstormVA

      It stopped being personal when they filed suit. This outrageous! Why do the need the money? Are the mismanaging their our their father’s affairs.

      Don’t given in Rev.

    • TaReon Williams

      this became a non private matter when the brothers filed a suit and there are more pressing things besides this that make the black race look bad. DON’T BLAME THE KING FAMILY…JUST WATCH THE DAILY NEWS, YOUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

    • TrisaSlater

      Sometimes the Court of Moral Opinion is the Public Eye as The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King made so plainly/painfully clear. Secondly, it is the same attitude of waiting for a change or result is a direct contradiction to what The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King preached against. Third, controversy, indecision, or conflict is not exclusive to a race. How does that make US look bad? #IgnoranceisBliss #Checkurpulse

    • Evangelist

      Crystal its sad that you think it makes us as a race look bad when Dr. Martn Luthet King was fighting for equality, justice and to make us se that black and white we bleef the same. it became public when God allowed him the strength to father so many of us )blavk and white). This sister who fights this batle of greed with her brothers need our help. rather we petition or simply pray strength in her, she needs us. its funny that how u end with “but if does become court, notify us…”, whrn you started this conversation plural with NO respondsibilty or obligation. you seem to be the only one weighing it

  • http://luvsiesous.com/ el_guero2000

    Roland,

    Greed is the root of so many evils ….

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

    Wayne
    Luvsiesous

  • Nathaniel Calloway

    yes..it will always be a fight over these items..if not now- the next MLK generation. I agree. Let the courts decide.

    • Prophetess Christina Asher

      I DONT THINK THERE HOULD BE A COURT DECISION OR SHOULD IT BE IN COURT HAVE THESE BROTHERS LOST THIER MINDS OR DID THEY EVER POSSES THEM ,IF YOU NEED MONEY GO TO WORK,THIS IS A CLEACUT CASE OF ESAU SELLING HIS BIRTHRIGHT WITH NO REGARD FOR THE ENORMITY OF IT WOW THEY DISAPPOING ME GREATLY YOU HAVE PPL HNORING YOUR FATHERS LEGACY AND YOU HAVENT GOT A CLUE???

  • Jason C. Johnson

    Selling these important items would be crazy and stupid. I am quite sure there are different ways for them to raise money instead of selling prized possessions like these.

    • Prophetess Christina Asher

      YES THERE WOULD BE…GO TO WORK

  • Hosea Johnson

    crack is an evil drug

    • Bennie

      Ain’t nobody talking about no crack! Lol what did you just read?

      • Kelly

        Pretty sure Hosea meant it as tongue and cheese…meaning, they must be smoking crack to think it’s okay to sell those items.

        • Bennie

          Yeah I guess but all I meant was he should just stick to the topic of the discussion right now dig it? Ben

    • blckprincess05

      wow! I am shocked and they should be ashamed of their selves. my father passed in 2007 and I hold on to some of his possessions that’s not really that valuable but these items mean everything to me. my father also had a guitar when I was little girl and some how that disappeared I know someone in the family sold it but I would have kept that also. so I know what it means to you Reverend Bernice King! Priceless!

  • Sherisys

    I’m just shocked that the Martin brothers would even consider selling and parting with these sacred items! Greed….that’s all it is. These treasures should stay with the family!!!!

    • spama

      it is not the Martin brothers . it is the King brothers

    • Sharon E. Young

      She’s just as greedy as they are. Her greed just happens to not be with these items. Check out the article about her and her brothers taking Harry Belafonte to court over items that their father gave him. Seems they’re all trying to live above their means.

    • Sharon E. Young

      She’s just as greedy as they are. Her greed just happens to not be with these items. Check out the article about her and her brothers taking Harry Belafonte to court over items that their father gave him. Seems they’re all trying to live above their means.

    • Sharon E. Young

      She’s just as greedy as they are. Her greed just happens to not be with these items. Check out the article about her and her brothers taking Harry Belafonte to court over items that their father gave him. Seems they’re all trying to live above their means.

    • Sharon E. Young

      She’s just as greedy as they are. Her greed just happens to not be with these items. Check out the article about her and her brothers taking Harry Belafonte to court over items that their father gave him. Seems they’re all trying to live above their means.

    • Sharon E. Young

      She’s just as greedy as they are. Her greed just happens to not be with these items. Check out the article about her and her brothers taking Harry Belafonte to court over items that their father gave him. Seems they’re all trying to live above their means.

    • Sharon E. Young

      She’s just as greedy as they are. Her greed just happens to not be with these items. Check out the article about her and her brothers taking Harry Belafonte to court over items that their father gave him. Seems they’re all trying to live above their means.

    • Sharon E. Young

      She’s just as greedy as they are. Her greed just happens to not be with these items. Check out the article about her and her brothers taking Harry Belafonte to court over items that their father gave him. Seems they’re all trying to live above their means.

  • baisasa

    Donate them to the African American museum ASAP. Once the property of the people they can never be used for profit.

    • JLG

      Agreed! The AA Smithsonian just broke ground and these should be in there and protected as soon as it opens! I’m sure they are already taking donations. Their greed is unfathomable!

    • RuthDJ

      She can’t. The items belong to all the children as part of the estate. Sigh. Why not donate money to the museum for the express purpose of purchasing those items and make it a win-win for the greedy brothers and the museum.

  • Bennie

    Sacred items are priceless Rev. Bernice King and should never be exchanged for money in the marketplace. If anything they should be donated to his museum in his honor for all people to enjoy for ever freely! No they shouldn’t be sold!

  • Suzy

    Dr. King and Coretta King dedicated their life to Peace and Justice. They would be grieved but only for a minute. They would say sell if it brings Peace. I personally think it is appalling thing to do. They were not materialistic but spiritual people as you are. We must pray.

  • MM

    This family annoys me more and more as time passes by…always in the news with their petty personal issues…especially since it all stems from selfishness…

  • Reggie

    I have video footage of Dr King’s funeral outside the church. Never before seen footage with horse in back of pickup truck that pulled casket for sale.

  • Tisa Daniels

    This is quite troubling but the King estate has been plagued by many problems since his children started running it. I personally think greed and pride are in the way of the handlers of the estate and pray they can compromise and leave their parents legacy, and name, intact.

  • moniqhar

    Damn shame.. that’s all.

  • xnlover

    The thought of anyone but the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Estate possessing the Nobel Peace Prize Medal is unconscionable. The medal should not be “owned” by anyone but the one to whom it was presented or that person’s estate or heirs – not some wealthy “collector” whose pridefulness at owning it would be abhorrent to any right-minded individual. Likewise, the Bible is such a personal item of Dr. King’s, and now especially so, having been used for Barack Obama’s inauguration and having, additionally, been signed by him. To separate that Bible from the King estate and its heirs would be akin to cutting out the heart of Dr. King’s corpse and selling it to some “buyer.” Curses on anyone who would let either of these items be sold away from the King estate and heirs, even if it is some of the heirs who want to do it!

    • Mimi

      Well stated!

    • Mimi

      Well stated!

    • Mimi

      Well stated!

    • Mimi

      Well stated!

    • Mimi

      Well stated!

    • Mimi

      Well stated!

    • Mimi

      Well stated!

    • Mimi

      Well stated!

    • LDB

      Well spoken, agree whole heartedly.

  • teubanks

    This doesn’t surprise me. The King Children are obnoxious and arrogant. Its sad really.

  • TrisaSlater

    There are somethings that REALLY are PRICELESS. Those Items are stained with the literal Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Stand Your Ground Dr. Bernice A. King as your father; The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. did. Praying for the Family.Would you sell Moses’ Tablets or his Staff, The Holy Grail, The Shroud of Christ? These items have the same religious significance. They would never find them and I would be jailed before I gave them up. The
    Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King has been Canonized (Declared a Saint) by the Catholic Church. Artifacts alone should be protected from public exploitation.

    • HEdwards

      Lord Jesus! Selling his Peace prize feels like his sons are saying they don’t care anything about what he stood for….that is shameful. Also, who would set the prize…what is the value of these items. Why would anyone BUY the peace prize that someone else won? I have heard of athelete’s selling their ‘rings’ when they were down and out…on drugs and was desperate for money. It’s sad to think, but sons I pray neither of you are desparate or on drugs. Why did you select these items? Not his peace prize..he won that, there is not a price on. If anyone want a peace prize, WORK AND WIN IT LIKE DR. KING DID!!!! Bernice, I am praying for you and what you stand for. I am also praying for your brothers too. R.I.P. Dr. and Mrs. ML King, Jr.

  • Barbara Cotter

    I pray to God, these brothers rethink this. They would be selling their souls to the devil. I’m deeply upset as a black woman. I will never know ALL what Dr. King endured and to think that as hiers to such artifacts, no amount of money can replace this and explain to the next generation of Kings, what these brothers are contemplating doing. I PRAY TO GOD, THEIR MINDS ARE CHANGED.

  • IamBruceStevens

    That’s crazy…

  • Darryl Linton

    May God continues to bless this family and my. I hope and pray that you all come together with peace and understanding. I will be praying for you and your family. And please pray for me and mind. God bless.

  • Yolanda Petty

    i pray the brothers change their mind.

  • Willie Dixon

    Stand Your Ground Dr.Bernice A King.You Are DoingThe
    Right Thing.A Cry For A Generation Ministrey.Teaching Bishop willie Dixon

  • Willie Dixon

    Stand Your Ground Dr.Bernice A King.You Are DoingThe
    Right Thing.A Cry For A Generation Ministrey.Teaching Bishop willie Dixon

  • Willie Dixon

    Stand Your Ground Dr.Bernice A King.You Are DoingThe
    Right Thing.A Cry For A Generation Ministrey.Teaching Bishop willie Dixon

  • Willie Dixon

    Stand Your Ground Dr.Bernice A King.You Are DoingThe
    Right Thing.A Cry For A Generation Ministrey.Teaching Bishop willie Dixon

  • Willie Dixon

    Stand Your Ground Dr.Bernice A King.You Are DoingThe
    Right Thing.A Cry For A Generation Ministrey.Teaching Bishop willie Dixon

  • teachermrap

    king should have put the money from winning the nobel in a trust account for his broke sons….instead of giving it away. intergration bankruped the entire black community….take you daddy king.

  • teachermrap

    king should have put the money from winning the nobel in a trust account for his broke sons….instead of giving it away. intergration bankruped the entire black community….take you daddy king.

  • teachermrap

    king should have put the money from winning the nobel in a trust account for his broke sons….instead of giving it away. intergration bankruped the entire black community….take you daddy king.

  • teachermrap

    king should have put the money from winning the nobel in a trust account for his broke sons….instead of giving it away. intergration bankruped the entire black community….take you daddy king.

  • teachermrap

    king should have put the money from winning the nobel in a trust account for his broke sons….instead of giving it away. intergration bankruped the entire black community….take you daddy king.

  • teachermrap

    king should have put the money from winning the nobel in a trust account for his broke sons….instead of giving it away. intergration bankruped the entire black community….take you daddy king.

  • teachermrap

    king should have put the money from winning the nobel in a trust account for his broke sons….instead of giving it away. intergration bankruped the entire black community….take you daddy king.

  • teachermrap

    bernice is correct in not selling these priceless items so two silly niggars to go out and party and buy something they can not afford to impress

  • teachermrap

    bernice is correct in not selling these priceless items so two silly niggars to go out and party and buy something they can not afford to impress

  • teachermrap

    bernice is correct in not selling these priceless items so two silly niggars to go out and party and buy something they can not afford to impress

  • teachermrap

    bernice is correct in not selling these priceless items so two silly niggars to go out and party and buy something they can not afford to impress

  • teachermrap

    bernice is correct in not selling these priceless items so two silly niggars to go out and party and buy something they can not afford to impress

  • teachermrap

    bernice is correct in not selling these priceless items so two silly niggars to go out and party and buy something they can not afford to impress

  • teachermrap

    bernice is correct in not selling these priceless items so two silly niggars to go out and party and buy something they can not afford to impress

  • teachermrap

    a donor should pay these two fools off to drop the suit……they have become the antithesis of their father and lovers of money

  • teachermrap

    a donor should pay these two fools off to drop the suit……they have become the antithesis of their father and lovers of money

  • teachermrap

    a donor should pay these two fools off to drop the suit……they have become the antithesis of their father and lovers of money

  • teachermrap

    a donor should pay these two fools off to drop the suit……they have become the antithesis of their father and lovers of money

  • teachermrap

    a donor should pay these two fools off to drop the suit……they have become the antithesis of their father and lovers of money

  • teachermrap

    a donor should pay these two fools off to drop the suit……they have become the antithesis of their father and lovers of money

  • teachermrap

    a donor should pay these two fools off to drop the suit……they have become the antithesis of their father and lovers of money

  • teachermrap

    imagine if martin loved money like his sons…..we would still be living under jim crow

  • teachermrap

    imagine if martin loved money like his sons…..we would still be living under jim crow

  • teachermrap

    imagine if martin loved money like his sons…..we would still be living under jim crow

  • teachermrap

    imagine if martin loved money like his sons…..we would still be living under jim crow

  • teachermrap

    imagine if martin loved money like his sons…..we would still be living under jim crow

  • teachermrap

    imagine if martin loved money like his sons…..we would still be living under jim crow

  • teachermrap

    imagine if martin loved money like his sons…..we would still be living under jim crow

  • FJ

    Dexter is probably leading this attack. He is the real problem in this. His arrogance is beyond comprehension. There’s no one strong enough to put him in check. He was unable to rise to the level of fame on his own as were the other members of the family. He has grandiose ideas that are not grounded in reality. That’s a problem. He should have branded the King legacy long ago and he would be rich by now. Going about it this way will never sit well with history. God bless Bernice and the King legacy.

    • LaTayna Dennis Jackson

      Dexter should be ashamed after all his paents and others fought to give minorities equaity. Such a loss to the legacy of Dr King.

  • FJ

    Dexter is probably leading this attack. He is the real problem in this. His arrogance is beyond comprehension. There’s no one strong enough to put him in check. He was unable to rise to the level of fame on his own as were the other members of the family. He has grandiose ideas that are not grounded in reality. That’s a problem. He should have branded the King legacy long ago and he would be rich by now. Going about it this way will never sit well with history. God bless Bernice and the King legacy.

  • FJ

    Dexter is probably leading this attack. He is the real problem in this. His arrogance is beyond comprehension. There’s no one strong enough to put him in check. He was unable to rise to the level of fame on his own as were the other members of the family. He has grandiose ideas that are not grounded in reality. That’s a problem. He should have branded the King legacy long ago and he would be rich by now. Going about it this way will never sit well with history. God bless Bernice and the King legacy.

  • FJ

    Dexter is probably leading this attack. He is the real problem in this. His arrogance is beyond comprehension. There’s no one strong enough to put him in check. He was unable to rise to the level of fame on his own as were the other members of the family. He has grandiose ideas that are not grounded in reality. That’s a problem. He should have branded the King legacy long ago and he would be rich by now. Going about it this way will never sit well with history. God bless Bernice and the King legacy.

  • FJ

    Dexter is probably leading this attack. He is the real problem in this. His arrogance is beyond comprehension. There’s no one strong enough to put him in check. He was unable to rise to the level of fame on his own as were the other members of the family. He has grandiose ideas that are not grounded in reality. That’s a problem. He should have branded the King legacy long ago and he would be rich by now. Going about it this way will never sit well with history. God bless Bernice and the King legacy.

  • FJ

    Dexter is probably leading this attack. He is the real problem in this. His arrogance is beyond comprehension. There’s no one strong enough to put him in check. He was unable to rise to the level of fame on his own as were the other members of the family. He has grandiose ideas that are not grounded in reality. That’s a problem. He should have branded the King legacy long ago and he would be rich by now. Going about it this way will never sit well with history. God bless Bernice and the King legacy.

  • FJ

    Dexter is probably leading this attack. He is the real problem in this. His arrogance is beyond comprehension. There’s no one strong enough to put him in check. He was unable to rise to the level of fame on his own as were the other members of the family. He has grandiose ideas that are not grounded in reality. That’s a problem. He should have branded the King legacy long ago and he would be rich by now. Going about it this way will never sit well with history. God bless Bernice and the King legacy.

  • Evangelist Alesia Graham

    They will never be able to sell the item because they have joint custody and everyone must be in agreement to sell the items. As long as Bernice do not sign on the dotted line the items will remain intact for they are indeed sacred and should be passed on to the next generation. Bernice also add a clause to the will that the items should never be sold but should be passed on from generation to generation.

    • cjames

      However if they belong to all three of them they may not be able to sell them, but she may not be able to hold complete custody of the items which is the point. This may not be about the money for them but without a will determining who the belong to, they belong to the whole family and if she is not willing to share the custody of the items, then it I possible that selling them is the best thing to do. In fact if selling these material items would help her keep her relationship with her brothers, are they not more important than the items that everyone is not able to share. Sounds like she might have pushed their hands. Who in the next generation should they be passed to? Bernice King has no children, so potentially she could, if they are in her possession pass them on to someone not in the family. Possession is an issues here. Again it sounds like she might have pushed them into this. Reminds me of Solomon’s Baby. Also the Bible in it self is sacred, but the particular bible is not. People sale bibles everyday. The Noble Prize is important and very meaningful but it is also not sacred. Gods words about loving one another are more sacred than any of these items. This family has bigger problems than just what to do with “daddy’s” stuff.

      • Erica

        I know around the time their mother passed, none of them had kids or were married. So there is no generation to pass to. But they should not be sold to an individual either.

        • cjames

          My understanding is that there is a grandchild now. Why should it not be sold to an organization that can share that history with the world. Or even donated. How about to an HBCU that could make it a part of their education program. The point is this is difficult and making the brothers villains is not fair. Maybe by selling these items they can further the mission of the King center? Of is just not fair to demonize them for wanting to sell.

        • LaTayna Dennis Jackson

          Erica I agree this legacy is for the African American people and the ones who fought to perserve it. this is such a shame and this is just what the racist people want to see with us. Division!!!

        • Melody

          MLK3 is married and has a child.

        • Ms Kim

          FYI- MLK, III is married and has a child.

  • Evangelist Alesia Graham

    They will never be able to sell the item because they have joint custody and everyone must be in agreement to sell the items. As long as Bernice do not sign on the dotted line the items will remain intact for they are indeed sacred and should be passed on to the next generation. Bernice also add a clause to the will that the items should never be sold but should be passed on from generation to generation.

  • Rob

    Donate these items to the Smithsonian instead of keeping them in a private, family safe.

    • Terry Castro

      why should she donate her families treasue to be on public display. those things belong in a family and passed down not in amuseum. if he wanted that or his wife it would have been done.

  • Rob

    Donate these items to the Smithsonian instead of keeping them in a private, family safe.

  • Rob

    Donate these items to the Smithsonian instead of keeping them in a private, family safe.

  • Rob

    Donate these items to the Smithsonian instead of keeping them in a private, family safe.

  • Rob

    Donate these items to the Smithsonian instead of keeping them in a private, family safe.

  • Rob

    Donate these items to the Smithsonian instead of keeping them in a private, family safe.

  • Rob

    Donate these items to the Smithsonian instead of keeping them in a private, family safe.

  • southerngal22

    Dr. King and Malcolm X children (grandchildren,etc.) in most cases are families that have become victims of their own legacies. This is an example of how they fought for and struggled for things that their children have squander over with greed. No regard or respect for the things the parents valued, worked for and accomplished. It’s lack of respect. Lack of humanity. So, sad.

  • southerngal22

    Dr. King and Malcolm X children (grandchildren,etc.) in most cases are families that have become victims of their own legacies. This is an example of how they fought for and struggled for things that their children have squander over with greed. No regard or respect for the things the parents valued, worked for and accomplished. It’s lack of respect. Lack of humanity. So, sad.

  • southerngal22

    Dr. King and Malcolm X children (grandchildren,etc.) in most cases are families that have become victims of their own legacies. This is an example of how they fought for and struggled for things that their children have squander over with greed. No regard or respect for the things the parents valued, worked for and accomplished. It’s lack of respect. Lack of humanity. So, sad.

  • southerngal22

    Dr. King and Malcolm X children (grandchildren,etc.) in most cases are families that have become victims of their own legacies. This is an example of how they fought for and struggled for things that their children have squander over with greed. No regard or respect for the things the parents valued, worked for and accomplished. It’s lack of respect. Lack of humanity. So, sad.

  • southerngal22

    Dr. King and Malcolm X children (grandchildren,etc.) in most cases are families that have become victims of their own legacies. This is an example of how they fought for and struggled for things that their children have squander over with greed. No regard or respect for the things the parents valued, worked for and accomplished. It’s lack of respect. Lack of humanity. So, sad.

  • southerngal22

    Dr. King and Malcolm X children (grandchildren,etc.) in most cases are families that have become victims of their own legacies. This is an example of how they fought for and struggled for things that their children have squander over with greed. No regard or respect for the things the parents valued, worked for and accomplished. It’s lack of respect. Lack of humanity. So, sad.

  • southerngal22

    Dr. King and Malcolm X children (grandchildren,etc.) in most cases are families that have become victims of their own legacies. This is an example of how they fought for and struggled for things that their children have squander over with greed. No regard or respect for the things the parents valued, worked for and accomplished. It’s lack of respect. Lack of humanity. So, sad.

  • Lady T

    OMG this is so ridiculous money is the root of ALL EVIL for them to even think about selling their fathers possessions is so stupid..

    • Dana Carpenter Jr.

      I agree that it is ridiculous, but it is the love of money, not money itself, that is the root of all evil.

  • Toni

    The way she writes, her words, her thoughts, I do believe she is her father’s daughter. Hold fast!

  • Lisa Owens

    I must say that I whole heartedly agree with Bernice King on this. How can you stoop this level. With all the bickering over the years Dr. King must be rolling over in his grave and Mrs. Coretta also. It is just shameful, and what is the point on putting a price on such priceless and treasured items.

  • Lisa Owens

    I also agree with ROB these items should be on display in the Smithsonian

  • Sick of them

    So sad that the brothers only care about their own well being. I’m sure that both brothers are having financial problems and this is the only way to resolve their financial problems. Someone need to check their finances out.

  • D LaVace Salters

    Can a price really be placed on what’s priceless. I know that we are a capitalistic society, but boys dang-gum. Are you all that hungry or you’re just that greedy. These items should be a gift to the the nations, and children to come. For what price could you sell that kind of history..meaning –Yall sound like the kind that would sell Jesus for a few $$$. Just cause you have the right to do it, does not mean that you should!

  • HOFER47

    These items should not be sold anywhere and be kept in the family treasure chest. Also, all three Kings should iron out their differences and get involved with the community. They should take a stand against the stopping of unemployment benefits and the warfare in Iran, Afghanistan, and Syria. When this ghastly war in Iraq took place, they were not heard from!! Shame!!

  • Rormina

    I agree with Dr. Bernice King. To sell these items should be unthinkable. These brothers should be ashamed of themselves. Not only should these items be cherished by his children, but as a Christian and a believer in Martin Luther King Jr’s fight for equality and love for all. I am appalled at the thought of these two brothers selling items that belonged to such a wonderful fighter for the people. And then to sue your sister, how low will these brothers go. Do they have no shame. Horrible

    • LaTayna Dennis Jackson

      Romina I agree with you this is a shame and to show the world this break down is just what they want to see. We need to stop all this undividedness and show more uity amongst ourselves.

  • Tony Candler

    Have the 2 King brothers lost their minds. Dr. Bernice King, hold on and never let go.

    • Annette

      ” If you have anything in this life worth fighting for then we’re better off dead”

      Dr. KING

  • Brenda Spencer

    Dr. Bernice King, you are absolutely right! Do not ever let those precious items leave the King families possession. They are Priceless and family heirlooms to be passed down and cherished. I will lift you and your brothers up in prayer and pray for a “PEACEFUL” resolution. Brenda Spencer, President & CEO, Spencer 4Higher Media, Columbus, Ohio.

    • LaTayna Dennis Jackson

      What is the brothers reasoning behind selling these items?

  • Joe Livingston

    Woi! This is the one things u couldn’t have expected–Its a moral issue & you thought that these two could have put this into consideration–are they that scrap on cash?

  • Lolita

    How does the family and the estate feel about loaning the property to Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, so future generations can continue to learn about Dr. King’s legacy now that the museum will be open in 2015?

    • lezlie

      I absolutely concur… these objects are part of the history of our nation. They belong in a museum for all to enjoy. Dr. King left a hallowed legacy… it should never be sold for mere money.

    • Sharon Lea Fields

      That is where those items belong!

  • David Dickinson

    Even though these items are priceless, maybe she can sell it to the MLK Library or as Rob suggested, to the Smithsonian for $1.00 to satisfy her brothers, and donate $0.50 each charity to their mental health. This is appalling! They should know better!

    • Terry Castro

      if she sold to these institutions it is the same. then they make money on peoole coming to see them and another entity owns it. no was jose. greed is something aint it

      • PAllen

        You do realize that the Smithsonian is a national museum, therefore it has no admission fee. Nobody would be profiting from the items and they would be able to be seen by anyone who supported, respected, and benefitted from Dr. King’s work.

  • Mychaeltodd Robinson

    Bernice King: It serves you right and I have no sympathy for you wanting to hold onto materialistic items- a Bible; A book made of paper, and a Nobel Peace Prize a reward made of metal, the work has been done and the reward has been presented. You should of thought about the negative homophobic remarks & comments you used against my people, you have never been supportive of gay right’s even when your mother was, so if you looking for US to agree with you not obeying a court order to hand over something that does not belong to you, you get zero! Years ago- I sat in Paramount Theatre when your mother gave a speech supporting gay people and she said Martin Luther King was supportive and would be today, your open letter on the internet is lame. I don’t respect you or any hateful man or woman who shield themselves with a Bible to be unsupportive of their gay brothers and sisters- shame on you for being selfish again.
    Min.Mychaeltodd of Avondale Arizona

    • ianjahrey

      I’m sorry but the woman is a Pastor who has to relay her belief and the God that she serves does not condone the sin of homosexuality so NO she is not going to be supportive of your cause, because just like the sin of murder, rape, theft and others they are viewed the same as homosexuality.

      We love you the person, but no we will NOT accept the sin of homosexuality and accept that it’s ok. Just like a murder, a thief or rapist we encourage you to change from your evil ways and seek the salvation of God.

      • rlbrattjr

        Amen!

    • 415diva

      Wow…as usual, the subject at hand must be changed to the agenda of the homes equal community. This is about Dr. King’s legacy; why try this now that Coretta has gone to glory? Apparently, she felt the same as her daughter. There’s nothing good about what her brothers are trying to pull, & for you to put your agenda before history is pretty disgusting. This isn’t the place to be angry about how she feels about homosexuals, & it’s quite sad that you don’t recognize that!

      • Stephanie

        He expected different because these people claim to be Christians. Their behavior toward the gay community couldn’t be farther from the ideals Jesus Christ espoused.

        • 415diva

          Jesus died for our sins; he was the perfect sacrifice, so that we could receive forgiveness instead of instant condemnation. There’s no bending of the rules…they still apply, & homosexual it is a sin. We don’t know what her father’s stand would’ve been, but I commend Ms. King on holding true to the Word she professes & preaches. Again, THIS conversation has NOTHING to do with the subject at hand…stop trying to make it about homosexuality.

      • Stephanie

        He expected different because these people claim to be Christians. Their behavior toward the gay community couldn’t be farther from the ideals Jesus Christ espoused.

    • Michelle

      This is not an issue about homosexuality. Your bitterness of her Biblical views as a Pastor are unwarranted. I pray that you are healed and that you accept Christ as Savior, He will take care of the rest. You have to respect that she speaks for God not man’s opinions and definitely NOT to be popular.

    • DAME

      You my friend are full of shit….Everybody dont have to support gays, just like everybody dont have to support blacks, or black gays for that matter…She’s honoring her father, trying to keep the awards as the sacred thing that they should be to that family…If Dr. King would’ve supported gay rights, then how are you honoring him by chastising his daughter for fighting to keep his awards and Bible in the family? Corny, sweets, real corny….this damn article aint got anything to do with gay rights any damned way….

    • KiMW

      I’m glad you spoke up. I don’t have an opinion on what should happen with the paper and metal because it’s inconsequential. The only reason people care about this families personal affairs is due to the fight for race and class equality and pushing down the rights of others as you try to raise up deserves to be called out.

    • kane4477

      how is she selfish for holding the items? Don’t get me wrong, gays have their life and she has her opinions. If she don’t want to support gays then that’s her right. But for you to say that you don’t ‘have no sympathy’ I don’t have sympathy for you! if you die today or tomorrow as a gay man and didn’t repent, do you really think you’ll be in heaven with Jesus? If you think so then you are really calling the God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit a liar! Because what I read and what he showed me that sinners, including gays or lesbians will not enter in the kingdom of heaven. Romans 1:22-27. Ps. If you decided not to read the bible, you can always ask THE REAL TRUE GOD HIMSELF.

    • Sabrina J Gray

      today if you stand with God you are unsupportive of gay brothers and sisters, I am unsupportive of all sin that disrespects my Fathers word! Murder’s, Rape, steal, any sin is to be rejected and so even if todays attitude is to accept your sin as okay, it is not pleasing to my Father in heaven, today, tomorrow or forevermore… He does not change! http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1%3A24-29&version=NASB

    • white trash

      its not that its a piece of paper or a bible.. you twit its her fathers legacy and what it represents..

    • Christine Antonnette Clarke

      Please ignore my vote. mistakenly pressed guess-vote button

  • Terry Castro

    dirty dogs

  • Leon E. Frazier

    Count me in the “don’t sell” struggle!

  • Phylopis

    Why are his sons so greedy and so out of touch, what a waste, I wonder what Harry Belafonte would say about the King Family and their snake oil mentality, Graveyard Pimps. Dr. Bernice King go to the people, “Tell the truth and shame the devil.”

  • LaTayna Dennis Jackson

    I can say that I am ashamed by this due to the struggle that African American endured in the past. Dr, Kng and many others fought to bring equality to minorities and for the brothers to want to sell that legacy is jsut stupid. WTF are they tinking!!! We must perserve our history and our legacy because with the time beign like it is we need to rise up again to declare that equaity and jsutic ebe given for minorities. Government and some people in history is wanting to erase our heritage and bring back injustice. I want to bring a renewed awareness to this and what we have been fighting for sicne Martin Luther kKings days of resistance.

  • Norman9

    Interesting, Dr King fought for Civil and Human Rights and his offspring cannot handle a family affairs.

  • Dashaun Huston

    I have an idea. Why don’t we match the price that the private buyer is willing to pay for the Bible and the Nobel Peace Prize and exhibit them in the Charles Wright Museum.

  • Minister Victor

    Wow here a daughter trying to hold on to her Fathers memory and legacy. Praying for this family God help them resolve this matter.

  • T bob

    This is a sad day when the sons of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr think that selling something that you dad earned is a the solution is sad. Don’t make a permanent decision over a temporary problem. You’ll regret it latet. Yes these maybe only things but somethings should never have a price. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. The does not say MONEY is the root, it says “THE LOVE OF MONEY”. Meaning what are you willing to do to get money. What are you willing to exchange for the mighty dollar?

  • Vauven loiseau

    Call me boo, 2563992728 I’ll help your fight…

  • is it money

    as staed

  • Theresa Monteria Smith

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Great man of peace as I march in Philadelphia
    when I was a teenager and his Nobel Peace Medal along with his personal Bible should continue to stay with Dr. Bernice A King in a safe place and Will to a museum in your home town for tourist. 1Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root to all evil, and your brothers are looking for a way to get rich instead of getting rich in the Lord and storing their treasures in heaven. This is so SAD!!

  • Sparks13

    Give them to a reputable museum NOW. They will have far more money to fight her greedy brothers and these precious items won’t be lost to private hands. Her…the greedy spawn she is forced to call family can share the tax write off.

    • Katherine Southard Reece

      I agree… they should go to a museum. I would suggest the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham. But they should NOT be sold to highest bidder. This is really appalling.

    • Michael

      I agree, but museums all over the US have a copy of everything by MLK Jr. Keep it in the family for Dr King’s only grandchild to have, know, and pass it down to her kids. This is a family thing, that’s what we do in order to learn our family history for years to come.

  • Michael Meadors Paris

    These are earthly item, they are nothing to fight about. Give them to your brothers. Dr King’s stop fighting about foolist earthly thlngs be more like your farther and mother.

    • Sabrina J Gray

      your an idiot!!! if you stand for nothing you are nothing!

    • meshia

      You sound foolish, totally foolish

    • Michelle Hall

      No!!!!!!! Don’t stop your fight. Michael you are as ignorant as her brothers!!!

  • S Renee Jones

    This is extremely sad, I don’t understand greed at all; its been my experience in black families (well all families really) that the keeping of precious items isn’t for the purpose of just holding on to something but for remembering the person and to pass down the items from one generation to the next continuing the persons memory for the entire family. Yes they have video archives but there are personal items that each family has that holds some personal private memory for the family. In my family my great grandparents had lots of items that reminded us of where we came from, the struggle my grandparents and their parents had to endure and an uncle sold it all because of a drug addiction even their home so I in some way know what Rev. Bernice is going through I will never be able to show my children where they came from and what their family endured because of one person’s selfish act. In my opinion fight and don’t give your brothers these precious items yes they are earthly items but to give them to someone who may not take proper care of these items would not be wise.. I saw someone else suggest giving the items to a museum I agree give the items to a reputable museum where everyone will be able to appreciate these items. God bless.

  • Ahmasi Lloyd

    They are sacred Earthly items that belong in a museum as reminders of a man, a people and a struggle for Human dignity and freedom! They are artifacts of a history and a legacy that should be remembered, preserved in a museum where all can come to see and appreciate their significance, not in the hands of the highest bidder who might decide to store them away and once again bits and pieces of our history become lost to future generations!

    The idea of selling off historical artifacts that represent a precious legacy, an often blood soaked legacy, a legacy that belongs not only to us but to the world, is vulgar and disgraceful!

    • Michael

      I think they already made another copy of the Nopel Peace Price to put in a museum, like everything else for the public to see. For us to tell the King family what to do with there property is none of our business. I just wish they passeverything to the only grandchild of the late Dr. King so they she can pass the history down to her kids.

  • Chuck1938

    Apaling, Sad and Disgusting decision, which will tarnish and demean the beautiful, proud and historical Civil Rights movement. May logic and reason prevail among brothers, sisters and us.

  • Thomas Kendrick

    It is a shameful act for someone to give up their family legacy for money. No price in the world will ever give someone peace and security. Martin Luther King was a great man who had accomplished a lot. If his son’s feel though they need to sell their father’s items then it disgrace to their father’s legacy. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for what he did in the Civil Rights Movement and held on to a bible for his faith. These items were pasted down to his family to get his legacy alive.

  • John Williams Iv

    these cats are money hungry!

  • JoJohnson

    I think she should keep it in the family. There are many items of Dr. King that are on display for everyone to see. I think that the family should have some things as their own to past down as a family heirloom and not have to go to a museum to see it. Think about it this way and take out the fact that her father is not famous or apart of history; as a daughter who’s father has past away no matter how long ago you would want to have something of theirs to hold on to and pass on to your kids. As for the brothers wanted to sell the items we don’t know why they want to sell the items maybe they are selling it to a private owner that collects these types of historical items or selling it to a museum we don’t know but for either party to fight so hard it must mean something to them worth to sell and worth to keep. I say worth to keep in the family not sell.

    • hasone

      this peace prize and it’s medal were never the property of MLK. it belongs to the civil rights movement in america to which it was awarded. MLK should have made this clear and given it to the national archieves as an honest man would have done.

      • jojohnson

        I’m not sure where you are coming from because if it was not his property then he would have never had it to begin with or been able to will it to his family. And I guess his wife was not and daughter are not honest people since when they had possession of it they did not give it to the national archives either… I just think they have a right to keep it in the family plus I am sure Dr. Bernice King will loan the medal and peace prize to a museum wanting to have it on display

      • Michael

        No it was an award given to MLK Jr. not the world. But they should keep the award and bible and pass it down to the only child they have, that’s call family history. Dr Kings speeches, photos, etc… are all over the place for our review and I love that. I don’t know the reason why the brothers want to sell these items, but it’s really none of our business. it belongs to Dr. King 3 kids, period. Again, it’s none of our business. I rather they pass to the only grandchild the late Dr. King have.

  • R Johnson

    With all the world watching the King’s children grow-up, with all the added in-house values taught by Dr. King . How dare you disgrace his legacy with fueds over money.

    Children through internet searches, want to know more about Dr. King and pops up your names in a negative light; in the shadows of the torch. Dr. Martin Luther King is a inspiration to so many; none of his words and his deeds inspire you enough to handle whatever situation in peace and love.

    This is descipble behavior. I am ashamed for you. Dr. King taught you all, how to handle your disposition with brotherly and sisterly love. You should apologize to America for your imporable behaviors. You should promise to the Nation a compromise . You should always have a mediator reminding you:” What would Dr. Martin Luther King do”. Please never allow this public dishonor again.

  • Anita Garrick

    So sad. The King children now giving the Mandela children competition for trying to make a buck off their illustrious fathers’ legacies. Those items belong in the public domain, somewhere like the National Civil Rights Museum or the National Museum of African American History and Culture (to be opened next year), where future generations can view them and contemplate Rev. Dr. King’s greatness.

  • Scooter Roberts

    Greed, a deadly sin. Hold on to your father’s legacy sis. My prayers are with you.

  • hasone

    the Peace Prize in MLK’s possession was given to the civil rights movement in america, not to MLK, he was merely the person chosen to receive the prize fof the whole movement. the medal belongs to me as much as it belongs to the King family. this is a news media fabrication to have somin to rite bout… dumb!

    • Shan

      And what about the Bible, why was he selected to give the speech and hold the medal? This argument….. Sigh

  • mrljboyce

    For the love of money!

  • mrljboyce

    A special person’s special qualities does not trickle down to their children. MLK was MLK, his kids are totally different adult human beings. This does not surprise me if true. They are just people.

    • Shan

      Agreed! They are pathetic. I am happy Bernice is exposing them. Those King men should focus on building their own character and legacy. They are so wrapped up in trying to keep up with a legacy that they only have Dr. King to sell, promote, make a living off of. Find your rightful place King men, your dad was taken from you when you were young but if he had the chance he would have shaped your character and encouraged you to have your own voice, your own life and your own legacy! Be better! Bernice be encouraged and do not give up those items not even with a court order! Organize your own boycott, sit-in, march, your brothers have no right! Its a shame that you have to fight this hard to protect your fathers legacy. Dont let them break your heart sis, they lack their own identity.

  • Rory Trotter Sr.

    The King Family in my opinion are like Royalty and we should afford to this family any additional financial assistance with in reason. I would suggest creating a campaign to fund a ‘King Family Trust Fund’ Create the Trust Fund for the family with a clause that these items can never be sold. Match the offer of this autonomous bidder.

    • Shakti Sankofa

      They don’t need a fund. They have libraries for their father to display the items and have streamnd monuments of income to support themselves. The libraries get public funding and donations. I think our money is better spend in other places.

      • Rory Trotter Sr.

        Maybe it’s time to drug test those two. Do they have gambling debts? Who gave them the offer? Do they have a full grasp of the significance of the King Legacy? This is worst than the slave trade…

        • Eddie W.

          Nooo, its time to take them out to the wood pile and take a 2X4 to the side of their heads.

  • Shakti Sankofa

    I understand her feelings about how important those items are to the legacy of her father, but as a woman of God and even in the heart of her father, she should not be so tied to the physical things of this world. Her father was not attached to things and neither should she. I do wonder about the motives of her brothers as they too should not be so lusting after money that they made decisions out of greed. If anything, the items should go to a place that allows the world to see and learn of the MLK Jr. legacy. Share with the world and don’t hold on for personal greed.

    • Kendall

      Those things are personal family heirloom and objects of great importance to them. Would you sell your family bible or another important piece of family history? They had to share their father with the entire world, and just because he was a great man does not mean that everything near and dear to him should be accessible to the public
      At the end of the day, her brothers are selfish, spoiled, and a complete spit in the face to their father’s legacy. It is embarrassing to watch them constantly fight about money and shame their family’s name, and by proxy their father’s legacy.

      • Shakti Sankofa

        I know what you are saying. Yes they are family heirlooms. I am speaking of things spiritually. Not that everyday man stuff because MLK looked at and worked things in a spiritual way. For one who honors the Bible and follows Jesus, I am speaking to those principles and holding to materials is truly not part of that walk or way of life. Bernice and family need to work to settle this outside of court, but first search their hearts for goodness, love and take their egos out of this. Only then will they progress. Their father’s legacy isn’t a medal or a Bible. It’s the principles that he taught and we know that’s what mattered most to him. Lest we forget.

        • Shan

          This is a prime example of using religion to justify something unjust. They should not be sold period! I am a Christian and would never sell precious items that represented my fathers legacy. This argument of in the name of Jesus and letting go of items makes no sense at all. The Bible also says do not take a member in the body of Christ before judgement let alone your own sibling. If we are going to quote the Bible lets use the whole Bible. This argument is frustrating because as Christians we still need to have sound reasoning and stand on the right side of what the Civil Rights movement signifies and yes that includes the items that represent justice. Other important” things” from the word. The mantle from Elisha and Elijah. Moses and his rod, God used things.

    • Elder Brenda Bradley

      If your FATHER gave up what HER father gave up and died in the process of doing it, I am pretty sure that you would not call something so precious a “THING”! SHE HAS SHARED HER FATHER WITH THE WORLD! I am sorry, it would not be for sale EVER, for NO PRICE, EVER TO NOONE, PERIOD!

  • Patsy Smith

    Don’t let them do it. Those items are priceless.

  • She Codes

    It’s one thing to want to sell these items, but it’s QUITE another thing to sue your own flesh and blood sister in order to make a buck off of your father’s belongings. I always felt like the two of them weren’t worthy of the King name, now I’ve been proven right.

  • Rev. Sal

    You see, this is what your dad, The Rev. Dr. meant by “… the content of their character.” The content of their character has been tarnished. These men have gone the way of Balaam, 2Peter 2:15, “Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;”.
    How can HIS CHILDREN consider selling these items? Donate them to a museum, maybe…. but this? Shame on them.
    Defend your position (I believe it is righteous) & keep their sinful lust in the eyes of the faithful and the public media – Shame them!

  • Grateful

    He must have been so proud when they were born. I am WHITE & BORN POOR in 1951 in NC. I lived below poverty level. My family was too proud to accept Welfare. I didn’t know why there were separate bathrooms & water fountains or why there were no black kids in my school until 1963. The day Dr.King was assassinated, I was working with a black girl. We were both teenagers & very afraid when the National Guard evacuated the city & imposed a curfew. Because of Dr.King, I was able to escape poverty. The educational minority grants were equal & not separate. I was a minority at a predominantly black university. Also, I was at the receiving end of racism. It gave me insights most white people don’t have. Dr.King’s work had a great impact on my life even though I am white. I got an education & achieved things nobody could have predicted from the circumstances of my birth. Dr.King’s children had great gifts & responsibilities bestowed upon them. His legacy is not just the Bible and Medal but also his children. How would he have felt to see how his children have respected themselves and their father? Please be aware that your actions may be in the history books & possibly the last paragraph which will be the freshest in the reader’
    s mind. How do you want history & your children to remember you? Please keep Dr.King’s legacy intact.

  • Francine

    My heart is greatly saddened and troubled with the content of Dr. Bernice Kings letter. I too am ashamed and appalled that the sons/brothers of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would fathom to trade not only the historic value in the meaning and sacrifice of these priceless items, but to compromise is far greater a concern for me and my generation. My question becomes, who and or what, gives you the right, the mitigated sense of purpose, sense of consciousness to think that for a split second selling these “gems” is justifiable. My advise, instead of selling your dads bible to he highest buyer, try reading it! instead of selling your dads Noble Peace Prize-medal, try learning the “true” meaning of it’s purpose rather than it’s street value. Trust and know, the street value could never reflect, measure or serve as surplus to the true value of Gods intended measure. Apparently you men don’t understand “fully” the purpose of your Fathers existence here on earth. He was so much more than just a husband, father, clergy figure, friend! He was Gods chosen disciple for paving the way for me, you and generations to come… My dear brothers, you can never sell what God has bestowed upon his children; be it your father. Please stop this shameful behavior before reprehensible damage is done.

  • Pastor DD

    It is despicable that your own children would seek to make a profit off the long-suffering, pain, courage, bravery and commitment that it took to earn the honor and recognition of Dr. MLK. If they feel that the Nobel Prize Medal will bring them a great profit..then go out and earn your own and sell it. How insensitive and heartless can you be? If you are in need of money, get a JOB! Don’t sell a legacy that you did nothing to earn. Dr. King’s Nobel Prize was won because of his dedication to a cause, a cause they his own sons have benefited from. There are no words, I’m appalled that they have no conscious to not only want to sell the items but to go as far as suing their own sister, who’s trying to hold on to the only items that reflect their father’s efforts to help humanity… How could you sleep at night knowing that some stranger has your father’s legacy?

  • Tonette Henry

    I will lift this family up in prayer. There is no easy fix for this situation. Our appreciation for his fights, sacifaces, and death for others was not their dream. His bible, and the Nobel Peace Prize was not their dream. Yes, I believe his spirit is rolling in his grave, because selling his prize possissions, was not on his mind or he would have made plans for them. If his bible is like mine there are notes, book marks, and additional writings inside that could NEVER be appreciated by a stranger. This does not make the brothers bad, just thoughtless and ungrateful for their fathers legacy.

  • Whappen

    They are all a disgrace. SMH.. She should talk… Look what they ALL did to Harry Belanfonte… Karma is a b… They all need to go find jobs and stop pimping their fathers’ legacy

  • Alonv Nameloc

    I was at the March on DC and heard Dr. King speak. I was a little girl but it was a day I will never forget. This act of selfishness saddens me; however, it does show that every family has issues regardless of the situation. Dr. B. King, if I were you, I would hold on to those items and pass them on to younger generation. The legacy of Dr. Martin L. King will never be forgotten, those items are living proof of the struggle. Some people don’t realize that the struggle continues and will continue until every minority is treated fairly. An example of that was President Obama’s State of the Union speech, women must be paid equally to men!! I hope your brothers will reconsider the law suit and remember that their father was hope for everyone. I will keep your family in my prays.

  • Big Tony

    Your brother is insane…….do not allow him to do that.

  • Reece Why

    I read the article, but it leaves out the brother’s side of the story. I know that the brothers run the King Center memorial and have helped preserve and establish the Lorraine Hotel as a museum, both have financial constraints to meet. She say she loves her brothers which no one will deny, but being uncooperative and overly sentimental in business affairs is very unwise. Going public with only inflammatory aspects ( sell my fathers Noble Prize) of the story indicates there is enmity and immaturity involved. Why are the artifacts not a part of the overall historic experience in Atlanta anyway, instead there sitting in “her” safe? No one lives forever so who would inherent them? In not producing them does she have something to hide? The KING Center is now.

    • Common Sense

      Business should not interfere with family ties are issues…. And priceless possessions should not be used to up hold a business that is struggling…

      • zarasbees

        Amen!

        • Reece Why

          Every wordily item has a price. The Nobel Peace Prize is a monetary award, not a a Godly one. I would like to see you idolaters defray the cost of property taxes, utility bills, facilities and grounds up keep with you sentimentalism. don’t say you will donate either because we still are paying the bills on the monument in D.C. begging for donation as we speak! Perhaps some of the possession could raise enough capital to establish an annuity that will defray cost for a long period and thus keep the institution solvent. It is no wonder we own less than others , we have no business acumen, at least some of us don’t.

    • Val

      Maybe these are the two things from her father’s legacy she feels should not be shared with the world. These were his most prized possessions and may hold some sentimental childhood memory for her. I feel her pain because there are items from my Father, Grandmother and Grandfather that I hold dear, and it would rip me to pieces if they were “sold” or put in display.

    • Eddie W.

      Reece Why, it seems like you have lost your mind just like the two King brothers.

  • amfriedman

    Either keep them in the family or permanently entrust them to a prominent public museum. Nothing else is acceptable.

  • Pissed off Mother

    Open Letter to: All would be
    role models/leaders for the African American Community especially The Heirs of
    Dr. Martin L. King Jr and Harry J. Belafonte

    Did you notice
    that while you were bickering that some states have passed constitutional
    amendments banning the Affirmative Action laws put in place to protect us as a
    people from discrimination?

    Did you notice while
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    Did you notice while you were bickering that carrying a bag of
    candy and a can of tea, while wearing a hoodie in at least one prominent state can get you killed AND your killer can go free?

    Did you notice while you were bickering that according to Brad
    Plumer of (TheWashingtonPost.com “Wonkblog” August 28, 2013) the economic gap between African Americans
    and Whites has not budged in 50 years? “Even
    as racial barriers have been toppled and the nation has grown wealthier and better educated,” Fletcher writes, “the economic disparities
    separating blacks and whites remain as wide as they were when marchers
    assembled on the Mall in 1963.” Michael Fletcher colleague of Brad
    Plummer

    Did you notice while you were bickering that in November 2013
    African American Unemployment was 12.5% according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, while that of Whites was 6.2%? DOUBLE!

    Did you notice that while you were bickering that African American Children are failing English Language Arts at a rate of 87%? (passage
    rate of 13%) U.S. Department of Education: Nation’s Report Card 2013

    Did you notice while you were bickering that African American Children are failing Math at a rate of 90%? (Passage rate 10%) U.S. Department
    of Education: Nations Report Card 2013

    Did you notice while you were bickering that future projections for prison populations are being determined by the second or third grade academic capability of many our children?

    That is just the beginning of what you have missed….. While you are bickering we as people are bleeding!

    Countless common people like me are working our tails off and struggling to
    figure a way out of this mess. We are in the trenches every day working with children, inmates, single mothers, unemployed persons, grandparents who are raising children unexpectedly, the elderly, the infirmed, the homeless, the desperate, the recovering addict, the fatigued, the wearied, and the worried.

    Even Martin L. King’s rhetoric would have been useless had it not been for his action! Get out of the Headlines with your garbage and get back to working on what matters for us as a people!

    Nadrian D. Whytus- Educator and
    Pissed off wife and mother

    Dallas, Texas

    • Reece Why

      Incongruous for the conversation , calm down.

  • hankusmc

    I agree with Bernice about advancing their parents legacies and all but they, as a family, are sure coming up “short” right about now. Shameful, really.

  • Kem

    Footage of the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Quote “I accepted this award on behalf of the Civil Rights Movement…” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 12/10/1964 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r98tT0j1a0

    • Fotogrrl

      Thank you for posting this. Nothing can take this moment away from Dr King.

      • Kem

        You’re right. I am so glad that this moment was captured. I am pleased to have found the footage. I for one had never seen it before. This acceptance speech is as brilliant as his famous “I Have A Dream” … notice that he referenced it in this speech. As far as the family squabble — it’s not really my place to say if brothers or sister is right or wrong. In any case- and no matter what happens to the tangible medal, it was a groundbreaking movement that is unparalled.

  • Ree

    To the King brothers, in the history of black people and our journey to the present time, haven’t we sold enough of our souls, our families, our integrity, our lives, our skills, our knowledge, our accomplishments and our dignity to want to hold on to something. Those items are not only public accomplishments but family heirlooms, for family doesn’t stop growing and as family we should hold to the physical presence of family achievements.

  • jean

    That is really sad seriously they don’t have no respect for their father

  • Brenten Wayne Johnson

    Sad how the King family continue to piss on the legacy of there father.

  • Tee

    To the king family remember what the items represent. Whatever financial issues the money may cover for you, take it to God instead. The bible states “seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and His righteousness, and everything else shall be added unto you.” The Lord also says that He will never leave you nor forsake you. Seek God and really seek God. The word of God cannot be bought with any amount of money. The King Family, love is the greatest out of all things. Love conquers all. Love each other not sue each other and cause turmoil in the family over earthly possessions. Keeping the King Family in prayer.

  • NativeAmerican

    I find it ironic that this story is dated on the anniversary of Dr. King’s “Drum Major Instinct” sermon (where he also gave his own eulogy). This was a very powerful sermon and I think it also addresses some issues of this very situation. My father was also my pastor and I am in posession of his personal bible. My father was not a world-famous pastor but, he was the most important and influencial man in my life. For ANYONE to ask me to sell his bible for any reason would be an insult to me.

  • NativeAmerican

    I find it ironic that this story is dated on the anniversary of Dr. King’s “Drum Major Instinct” sermon (where he also gave his own eulogy). This was a very powerful sermon and I think it also addresses some issues of this very situation. My father was also my pastor and I am in posession of his personal bible. My father was not a world-famous pastor but, he was the most important and influencial man in my life. For ANYONE to ask me to sell his bible for any reason would be an insult to me.

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    I find it ironic that this story is dated on the anniversary of Dr. King’s “Drum Major Instinct” sermon (where he also gave his own eulogy). This was a very powerful sermon and I think it also addresses some issues of this very situation. My father was also my pastor and I am in posession of his personal bible. My father was not a world-famous pastor but, he was the most important and influencial man in my life. For ANYONE to ask me to sell his bible for any reason would be an insult to me.

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    I find it ironic that this story is dated on the anniversary of Dr. King’s “Drum Major Instinct” sermon (where he also gave his own eulogy). This was a very powerful sermon and I think it also addresses some issues of this very situation. My father was also my pastor and I am in posession of his personal bible. My father was not a world-famous pastor but, he was the most important and influencial man in my life. For ANYONE to ask me to sell his bible for any reason would be an insult to me.

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