Martin Luther King’s Children Battling over Estate

Kate Brumback, Big Story, February 7, 2014

Facing the latest in a string of legal battles with her brothers, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. is seeking to portray herself as the true heir to her father’s legacy.

Bernice King has been outspoken this week in her opposition to what she said is a plan by her brothers, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III, to sell their father’s Nobel Peace Prize medal and personal traveling Bible. Bernice has possession of both items, and her brothers asked a judge last week to order her to turn them over.

“I take this strong position for my father because Daddy is not here to say for himself, ‘My Bible and my medals are not to be sold,'” she said at a news conference Thursday from the pulpit of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where her father and grandfather were pastors.

“When the record books are written, let it be said that there was at least one heir who tried to further the legacy,” she later added.

King’s heirs agreed in 1995 to sign over rights for many inherited items to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., the brothers’ complaint filed in a court in Atlanta says. Bernice King has repeatedly acknowledged the validity of that agreement, but is now refusing to hand over the Bible and medal, the complaint says.


The King children have profited from their father’s legacy. In 2006, Sotheby’s auctioned off 10,000 documents from their collection for $32 million, with the siblings receiving equal shares of the money.


David J. Garrow, a historian whose book “Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference” won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize, said he wasn’t “surprised in the slightest” to hear about the latest fight among the King heirs.

“The agenda has always been greed,” Garrow said. “It’s been about maximizing the dollar value of Dr. King’s legacy.”


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  • Puggg

    This is old news.

    I’m waiting to start reading stories like this about Nelson Mandela’s estate.

    That’s the new news.

    • Oil Can Harry

      They’re auctioning Dr King’s “personal traveling Bible”?

      I guarantee that Bible is in excellent condition- after all, it’s never been opened!

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Actually, that wouldn’t be news, either. Just more of the same ol’ same ol’.

    • me

      Mandela’s action figure set….comes with a tiny tire, can of gasoline, and Communist flag.

    • me

      Michael King action figure set….comes with two blonde Barbie hookers, a small 40 oz, and a tiny bag of ‘weed’.

    • me

      We should start a ‘Black History Month’ business in honor of all of the ‘greats’ of Black history– in action figures of ‘prominent’ Black ‘leaders’. We’d make a fortune! How about a deck of playing cards? Obummer could be the ‘joker’.

    • Edruezzi

      A Mandela kid wanted to start a burger joint called Mandela’s

  • Tarczan

    “The fundamental bottom line here is that the King children have no clue what their father’s legacy really means,” the historian said. “Martin Luther King Jr. was the most unselfish, ungreedy person who ever lived.”

    Nope. The apples didn’t fall far from the tree.

  • Whitetrashgang

    John Holmes has a better legacy.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      They could sell MLK bobble head dolls and special edition MLK MD 20/20 collectors bottles.

      • Luca

        How about talking MLK dolls? When you pull the string on its back, the doll says “I have a Dream of mo’ White ho’s.”

        • Erasmus

          Pull it’s ring and it shouts: “I am not a n*****r tonight!”

          • Alexandra1973

            Better yet–“I’m f***ing for God!”

      • Erasmus

        How about MLK brand malt liquor and menthol cigarettes?

        • Whitetrashgang

          Also watermelon, and they should open MLK chicken shacks and gun stores. Maybe even a sleep center.

          • r j p

            You mean a MLK Homeless Shelter. Or would that just be a makeshift brothel?

        • Brian

          This is an actual business in Atlanta.

          • Katherine McChesney

            We have one in East Nashville called “Yes We Can” bail bonds.

          • Alexandra1973

            Slightly off-topic, but there is an Obama gas station in Detroit. I kid you not. I saw it on Google Earth.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Looks like business is booming there…

            I think I see a drug deal going down in the parking lot.

        • bilderbuster

          An MLK funeral home?

      • Whitetrashgang

        Maybe a action figure playset with , White hookers – Booze -FBI agents-Forged documents and a porn magazine with a Bible cover on it.

      • capnmorgan5150

        I’d buy one if it had a noose around its neck.

  • r j p

    Who would pay $32 million for 10,000 plagiarized documents?

    • Whitetrashgang

      White people with no common sense ie Liberals.

    • Max

      Guilt-ridden whites and speculators.

    • bilderbuster

      Most likely someone who never wants them to see the light of day.

  • Spartacus

    “When the record books are written, let it be said that there was at least one heir who tried to further the legacy,”


    So you’re f&*%$(g for God too ?

  • Druid

    talk aout a sleezy bunch of noaccounts…

  • Luca

    I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me they fought over his gold teeth before they planted him in the ground.

  • Mike King’s useless kids riding the gray-train straight into the ground. I love it!

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      Oh no, you said “useless kids.”

      You know who’s going to be asked to give them jobs, don’t you?

      And no, don’t say taxpayers. I only wish that were the case. I would rather taxpayers take care of them than me, realizing all along that I don’t actually pay taxes. Those are only for the little people. You don’t think I got to $27 billion by actually following the law, do you?

      • r j p

        You sold “salted stock” Marc. Your company is worthless.
        It’s nothing more than MySpace V. 2.

        • Marc Zuckurburg

          I disagree. If 25-54s start using my billboard dressed up as a social networking service, Madison Avenue will stay forever. If not, then I’m outta here to an undisclosed extradition-free tax haven before the Federal grand jury is empaneled.

          • r j p

            Laughing. That was good.

          • blight14

            I bet I know the location of that ‘extradition-free/tax haven’…!!!!! LOL

          • Marc Zuckurburg

            It’s not where you think. Switzerland and Israel aren’t as comfy cozy safe as they used to be. It’s somewhere in either Central America, South America or Southeast Asia, I’m saying no more.

      • me

        Thanks for being so honest! LOL! I wonder if the real ‘Facebook crook’ is going to hunt you down and sue you. I’d be careful…

        • Marc Zuckurburg

          I am the great and almighty Marc Zuckurburg, the most lovable weasel in the world. I can do nothing about all the phony Marc Zuckurburgs out there, because I am a public figure.

          Go figger.

  • borogirl54

    Luckily, someday this will end. I believe only one of the brother’s has a child. Berenice King has never been married.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Doesn’t she call herself “Reverend”? I believe she claims to be a pastor and a friend of the Roman Catholic church after she kissed Joey Ratzinger’s ring.

    • Who Me?

      She may have no children, but she’s black. Being married or not has nothing to do with whether or not she has children. There are quite a few White women who are single mothers, but black women have raised it to an art form. Fully 72% of African-American children are born out of wedlock.

  • If King’s idiot descendants wanted to “maximize their value” from the plagiarist’s “legacy”, they would stop filing frivolous lawsuits against each other. At this rate, their respective lawyers are getting everything (hee, hee, hee!)

  • MBlanc46

    He was a hustler. They’re hustlers.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Everything about King’s “legacy” is about greed. Blacks are greedy for what whites built, they’re greedy for white neighborhoods, shopping centers, and consumer goods. They’re greedy for Nike shoes, Air Jordans, iPhones and iPads. They’re greedy for the nice areas that whites have built up. They’re greedy for what whites have, as indicated by the high black-on-white crime rate. They’re greedy for the mantle of moral righteousness as compared to whites. They’re greedy for recognition, accolades and awards far out of proportion to their actual accomplishments or contributions to society. And yes, they’re greedy for white women. So why should the King family be any different? Everything about the King “legacy” is about greed.

  • IstvanIN

    If they were smart they would stake out territories, like the Gimble Brothers did. Each family member would get an exclusive territory in which to hawk the King’s image.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      “If they were smart”

      Lost that suspension of disbelief right there buddy, lol…

  • Truth Teller

    “Bearing the Cross” gag, barf, yuck. The title elevates that communist adulterer, lecher and con man with Jesus. Must have taken weeks to pick the exact title that elevated MLK from Saint to some sort of God. Actually, the preachers of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference had been working for years for desegregation until the communist party took over the organization, brought MLK in and shoved the other preachers to the sidelines.

    • Alexandra1973

      Funny thing is, King denied a few of the tenets of the Christian faith. If he was Christian, then I’m a Muslim.

  • Who Me?

    This is Black History Month. Two years ago, my then 14 yr old nephew came home from school spouting the usual commie crap about the “peaceful Dr King, who wanted equality for everyone” and blah, blah, blah.
    My sister who is not as a rule very racially aware, but has her moments, turned around, looked her blonde son in the eye and said, “You remember this boy, that man didn’t do anything for you. He didn’t give a rat’s @$$ about YOUR equality.”
    As a short but succinct “talk” on racial matters, it was a doozy.

  • Truth Teller

    Black Christianity is not Christianity. It is a disgrace to Christianity.

  • Truth Teller

    Is Bernice King the anti abortion activist so beloved of Huckabee and the conservatives? The whole family is an argument for abortion. Never miss a chance to knock the Catholics do you Katherine McChesney?

  • JohnEngelman

    If those people could they would charge admission to King’s grave site.

    • SoCal Patriot

      Then the next thing you know, they’ll be digging up his old bones and selling them at auction to the highest bidder.

  • JackKrak

    is their logo designed to look like a bushman’s shield or is it unintentionally hilarious?

  • Truth Teller

    I can’t believe that they want to sell the nobel prize medal. They’ve already got tens of millions . Their greed will never end. I wonder how much of the c**p is authentic. I wonder how many copies of his personal traveling bible exist.

  • Truth Teller

    There is a niece who has some sort of preacher certificate. She is making a fortune from the stupid Whites of the anti abortion movement. I happen to believe that life begins at conception, but I am all for abortion because most abortions are black and brown. The niece has one of those weird black names alineiquiz or something. She’s very popular with the conservative crowd as one of the beloved black conservative tokens.

  • Alexandra1973

    I was looking at King’s legacy just now while using Google Earth to go on a ghetto safari of Detroit’s most dangerous neighborhoods.

    I can imagine that the whites in 1943 who didn’t want blacks taking up residence (which wound up causing a riot) would say: TOLD YOU SO.

    • My favorite riot is still the OK City riot, just because whites with airplanes dropped bombs on black neighborhoods. Tactical air support is taking a race-riot to a whole nubber lebel, gnome sayin?

      • Alexandra1973

        At least with a bomb those neighborhoods would be destroyed quickly. Otherwise it’s a slow death.

      • Laura Dilworth

        since at least the sixties, riots have been instigated/dominated by blacks. since the civil rights legislation…

  • Alexandra1973

    That’s the problem.

  • bilderbuster

    They still like Alan Keys & “Bobby” Jindal & might still like J.C. Watts & Colin Powell even after they voted for Obammy.

  • Nathanwartooth

    You say this like that was a good thing.

    Also “Dr” King didn’t do anything. Blacks would have never been released from slavery if it wasn’t for whites and they would have never been given any sort of rights if it wasn’t for whites. This is what most liberals completely pass over. They blame whites for all of blacks problems, but they wouldn’t be free and living in America but would instead be living in a hellhole with barely any rights in Africa if it wasn’t for whites.

    Oh and I looked through your comment history to see if you were just a troll or not. I’m glad you aren’t, but I have a bone to pick with you over something.

    “But I also think that the immigration act of 1965 was passed to prevent
    the FFFs (Faith, Family Footballs) from gaining too much power.”

    First, as a fellow Atheist I should give you some advice; religion is blamed for way more than it is responsible for, just like whites. When I was a younger Atheist I bashed religion all the time and thought anyone who believed in it was stupid. But as I got older I actually came to appreciate many things about religion, specifically Christianity and the communities and people that it creates.

    I’ll take a wild guess and say that you are worried about faith gaining too much power because of opposition to abortion and gay marriage? Talk about two of the worst wedge issues on the planet. Their importance is blown way out of proportion. These are used as distractions by politicians so they can debate stupid stuff like this instead of real issues like free trade, rising unemployment, inflation and mass immigration.

    Not sure what you have against family and football. I don’t watch football but I have nothing against any families.

    The immigration act of 1965 was passed for one reason, to increase the number of non white immigrants into the country. At the time I’m honestly not sure of the reason why. It could have been cheap labor or just a hatred of whites.

    But for certain in modern times there are very clear reasons for wanted unchecked massive immigration. It is for driving down all wages and creating a one party totalitarian state. Right now, the Democrats and Republicans at least have to put up a feigned interest in the electorate to get reelected. But with a non white majority, there will be total one party control. The people orchestrating this obviously think that either they will be in charge or it will be a utopia but neither of those realities will come to pass.

  • Laura Dilworth

    i don’t think Cain, Carson, or West would be bad.