MLK Children Fight Over Estate

Family dispute over civil rights hero's estate goes public
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2008 7:36 AM CDT
Bernice King, left, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks during The Dream Concert at Radio City Music Hall Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007 in New York.    (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – Two of Martin Luther King Jr.'s three surviving children are taking their brother to court, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Bernice and Martin King III say Dexter, president of the corporation that oversees the civil rights hero's intellectual property rights, has mishandled company funds and wrongfully taken money from their parents' estates for his own use.

An attorney for the siblings said Dexter had denied them information on how the corporation has been handling its assets, which include the $32 million Atlanta paid for King's papers in 2006. Dexter said he was disappointed that the family dispute had gone public. "It is my hope that this inappropriate and false claim by my siblings will be swiftly resolved and we can go about the business of focusing on our parents' tremendous legacy," he said.