When I first heard about this, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr fought for the rights of equaility for all americans in the world, This man literally gave his life for all races and was honored for alot of his works. Some of them recognizable and some couldn't even get press mentions. Now the sons Dexter King and Martin Luther King III want to sell his most prized possession, the Nobel Peace Prize and his personal bible, which was used by President Obama during his second term in office and signed by the president. Bernice King who is the last surviving daughter has those items in her custody and refuses to give it to her brothers. Obviously these are items that no one should even consider selling, but for some reason the brothers want to. Here is the full statement that came from Bernice as she introduced the ordeal to the masses. Ironically during Black History Month and right after King's National holiday.


On January 20, as we observed my father’s 85th birthday and The King Holiday, my brothers, Dexter Scott King and Martin LutherKing, 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 Barak 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 incourt 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 mybrothers, especially that they will recognize that no amount of money can compensate for the priceless inheritance we received from ourparents and our responsibility to advancing their legacies.


This is truly sad that some people value money over things that should be sacred,. It doesn't matte who is purchasing the items, some things should be left alone. I truly hope that they can work things out between them and come to terms with letting go of the notion for wanting to sell the items.

 Martin Luther King Jr- "The Man and The Dream Documentary":

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