The daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said Tuesday (Feb. 4) that she will fight her brothers’ attempts to sell their famous father’s Bible — used at President Obama’s second inauguration — and King’s Nobel Peace Prize medal.
The Rev. Bernice King, the youngest of the four King children, posted the statement about her father’s “most prized possessions” on her Facebook page, saying, “I am absolutely opposed to the selling of these extremely sacred items.”
She and her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, have been in and out of court for years over various disputes about their father’s estate. Bernice King is CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, but her brothers have charge of their father’s estate.
Bernice King said she learned Jan. 20, the national holiday marking her father’s birthday, that her brothers wanted the items, which were being kept in a secure location. They filed suit on Friday (Jan. 31) after she refused, she said.
A spokesperson for Martin Luther King III could not be reached immediately for comment.
“As Mark 8:36 teaches, ‘For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?’” Bernice King said. “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.”
Obama took his second official oath of office by placing his hand on King’s “traveling” Bible, which sat atop a Bible belonging to President Abraham Lincoln.
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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Adelle M. Banks