MLK’s Children Besmirch His Legacy with Their Greed

Barry Saunders, News Observer, April 1, 2013

The three surviving children of Martin and Coretta Scott King have become the Fred Sanford and Bubba Bexley of the 21st century.

Remember on “Sanford & Son” when Fred donated those vintage Blind Mellow Jelly albums that turned out to be more valuable than he thought?

He and best bud Bubba cooked up a scheme to get them back: Bubba dressed as Blind Mellow Jelly’s son–Potbelly–and showed up to solemnly announce over and over “I want my daddy’s records.”

Martin III, Bernice and Dexter King–henceforth known as The King Three–in their seemingly never-ending quest to both besmirch and make a buck off their daddy’s name, already prohibit news organizations from using parts of their daddy’s image without breaking them off some cheddar. Now, they are seemingly demanding the return of every piece of memorabilia their father or mother ever touched.

For instance, they demanded millions from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation that was raising money for the memorial on the National Mall, then they demanded that the foundation drop Dr. King’s name from its official title.

When they sued each other, some of us thought–nay, prayed–that their avarice had bottomed out. Dexter reportedly sued his siblings to get some love letters their parents had written to each other so he could include them in his book; they then sued him for not cutting them in on the book deal.


They last month lost a lawsuit against a man whose mother owned documents and artifacts given her by Dr. King. An appeals court ruled in favor of Howard Ballou after the three King children sued for the return of items their father had given to Maude Ballou, Howard’s mom.



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  • Paleoconn

    It’s actually very much in line with MLK. No besmirching here.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Dr. King-ky’s greedy, money-grubbing kids are actually far less sleazy than Dear Old Dad.

  • Puggg

    Because they’re the same kind of hustler that MLK was. Only because MLK was assassinated does exposing him as the same kind of hustler has become taboo.

    • Paleoconn

      If there is one thing that makes my skin crawl is the Conservatism Inc. hacks always talking about how this or that is a blemish on the legacy of MLK. guys like O’Reilly and Hannity and the rest. Whereas in reality, these people wouldn’t exist if MLK didn’t provide the first how-to in shaking YT down.

      • One of his nieces is running around with Glenn Beck, only because she’s
        on the outs with the rest of the family, and she’s getting her revenge
        on the rest of them by pretending to be “conservative.”

        • Paleoconn

          When I saw that Glenn Beck had done a youtube vid of the poem The Gods Of The Copybook Headings, I wanted to smash my computer screen.

        • That is Alveda King, who is a pro-life activist. She works for the pro-life organization, Priests for Life. She claims that MLK would have been pro-life.

      • Gerónimo Anónimo

        Murder, carjacking. gang rape ARE his legacy. Do these idiots think that anyone still believes that crap?
        Same with Nelson Mandela.

  • sounds like they are just carrying on an old family tradition…..
    The apple does not fall very far fron the tree

    • blight14

      Hey Ben……..its Brett……………

  • freddy_hills

    They’re not “besmirching” anything. They’re just race hustling like their old man.

  • MekongDelta69

    It’s pretty tough to besmirch a plagiarizing, race-hustling, wife-cheating, marxist sympathizer.

    But hey – they’re just doing the best they can with what they have, to carry on that wonderful family tradition.

    MLK ‘family values’…

    • StillModerated

      Q. How tall was Michael King?

      A. 5’5″

      And Stanley Levison pulled King’s puppet strings.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      You forgot about MLK beating up prostitutes.

      • Yes, it happened the night before King got it on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. They were white prostitutes, too; if I’m not mistaken.

  • Peckerwood Jones

    Barry done hit the big time with this one as columnist for the N&O.

  • bigone4u

    It’s all in the last name, King. They think the last name entitles them, like the King of England or We Three Kings of Orient Are. Oh wait, even blacks without the last name of King think they are entitled. Never mind.

  • JohnEngelman

    Oh well. It keeps them off the street.

  • khesanh67-68

    This is never ending with them. They’re all just losers trying to get by on someone elses “efforts.”

  • Token Finn

    Cannot seal these files.

  • Alexandra

    When I think about MLK’s legacy, I think of all the roads named after him….

    • Pelayo

      It’s curious that so many MLK boulevards are crime scenes.

  • The Last White Man Standing

    “MLK’s Children Besmirch His Legacy with Their Greed”

    What legacy? He was a philanderer, a plagiarist, and a total degenerate. Some legacy. How can you possibly besmirch a person with that kind of background?

  • The__Bobster

    That commie fraud does not have a legacy that CAN be besmirched.

  • Xanthippe2

    It’s a real shame they don’t sue school children for drawing unathorized images of “Dr. King”. It would make Feb. a lot more bearable!

  • The__Bobster
  • Their mother was just the same. The fruit don’t fall far from the tree. She made her career as the widow of Martin Luther King. None of the kids have worked a real job. The closest one who did was Berenice who was an associate pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

    • Edward

      This does not make them much different for many other wealthy white people.

      • But being the descendents of MLK they should give back to the community. I have never seen them do that,

  • Michael Mason

    I would be so happy if only they end up on the streets where they belong.

  • LastBastionOfHope

    Reminds me of Trayvon aka Skittle’s mother trademarking “I am Trayvon” to make a quick buck off her dead son on t-shirts. You can’t expect much from these people.

  • MikeS

    “MLK’s Children Besmirch His Legacy with Their Greed.”
    Release his sealed records and watch the “legacy” vaporize into thin air and for “da fambly” to start killing each other.

  • Stereotypes reinforced by behavior…….WHY is anyone surprised?

    Gimme, gimme, gimme….

  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation: “We would like to build a memorial to him on the National Mall”.

    King Fambly: “You gibs us 800,000 dollas an you kin”.


  • BackIn The Saddle Again

    “They last month lost a lawsuit against a man whose mother owned
    documents and artifacts given her by Dr. King. An appeals court ruled in
    favor of Howard Ballou after the three King children sued for the
    return of items their father had given to Maude Ballou, Howard’s mom.”

    I guess the term “N****r giver” will now replace the old term “Indian giver.”

    • Vyncennt

      Just placing the word, “n***r,” and “giver” in the same sentence is an oxymoron…no? =)

  • JohnEngelman

    Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech is considered one of the most recognizable collection of words in American history. It’s the rhetorical equivalent of a national treasure or a national park. The National Park Service inscribed it on the Lincoln Memorial and the Library of Congress put it into its National Recording Registry. So we might hold it to be self evident that it can be spread freely.

    Not exactly. Any unauthorized usage of the speech and a number of other speeches by King – including in PBS documentaries – is a violation of American law. You’d be hard pressed to find a good complete video version on the web, and it’s not even to be found in the new digital archive of the King Center’s website. If you want to watch the whole thing, legally, you’ll need to get the $20 DVD.

    That’s because the King estate, and, as of 2009, the British music publishing conglomerate EMI Publishing, owns the copyright of the speech and its recorded performance.

    • So? You can still see videos on You Tube of Soviet tanks parading down the streets of Moscow, while that Stalinist useful idiot, Paul Robeson sings the Soviet national anthem. Now that’s comedy.

  • blight14

    Legacy? They are surely kidding……………

  • Mike

    What about his little black book of underage male and female escorts?
    What would that sell for?