Martin Luther King Jr. estate wants his daughter to give up his Nobel

By Kate Brumback

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4 2014 9:32 a.m. MST

Bernice King introduces speaks during a commemorative service of her father, Martin Luther King Jr., held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mon., Jan. 16, 2012, in Atlanta. The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. is asking a judge to force King to relinquish her father's Nobel Peace Prize and "traveling bible."

John Amis, Associated Press

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ATLANTA — The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. is asking a judge to force the civil rights icon's daughter to relinquish her father's Nobel Peace Prize and "traveling bible."

The complaint against Bernice King was filed Friday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta by her father's estate, which is controlled by her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King.

The lawsuit says Martin Luther King Jr.'s heirs in 1995 assigned their rights to property inherited from the civil rights icon to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. The lawsuit says Bernice King has "secreted and sequestered" the peace prize and "traveling bible" in violation of that agreement.

Bernice King did not immediately return a message left with the spokesman for the King Center, where she is CEO.

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