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MLK’s Children Fight Over His Bible, Nobel Medal

[ABC News]

Rev. Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., speaks during a  "I Have a Dream" Gospel Brunch at Willard Hotel in Washington Sunday,  Aug. 25, 2013. The brunch program highlights the music that inspired King during his lifetime and celebrates the historic speech he finished at the Willard Hotel in August 1963.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Rev. Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., speaks during a “I Have a Dream” Gospel Brunch at Willard Hotel in Washington Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

ATLANTA — It was a startling development in the latest legal wrangling among Martin Luther King Jr.’s heirs.

Speaking from the pulpit of King’s former church, his daughter, Rev. Bernice King, said she no longer wishes to be lumped together in the public mind with her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King.

“We are different people, with different minds, different ideologies,” she said Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church. “So please, please, please do not put us in the same category.”

Bernice King, who heads the King Center next door, was responding to a lawsuit filed Friday in which her brothers, as representatives of King’s estate, are suing her to turn over their father’s personal Bible — used by President Obama at his second inauguration — and his Nobel Peace Prize medal. She says her brothers want to sell the items to a private individual.

“This is not another King children battle and certainly not about money,” she said. “This is about principle.”

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