King Siblings Reconcile; Martin Luther King III to Head Center Again

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ATLANTA -- Martin Luther King III has been renamed president and chief executive officer of The King Center.

Siblings Dexter, Martin and Bernice King had been at odds in recent years and had to surrender control of their father's estate while they worked on a court-ordered reconciliation.

Martin Luther King III says the wounds have healed.

"We are definitely working together. My brother and sister and I are constantly in communication," he said. "It's a great time for us."

All three children are lifetime board members of The King Center. They presented a united front Tuesday in making the announcement, with both brothers being very complimentary toward each other and their sister also heaping on praise.

"It's the right time, and Martin is in the right place to take this great organization forward," Dexter King said in a statement.

Bernice King said she is, "proud that my brothers and I are speaking with one voice to communicate our parents' legacy to the world."

Martin Luther King III will replace his cousin, Isaac Newton Farris Jr., who has headed the King Center since 2005.

Dexter Scott King will remain chairman of organization, which was founded by his mother Coretta Scott King, shortly after Dr. King's death in 1968 to preserve and promote his legacy.

While Bernice King is not an officer at the Center, in October she was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which her father co-founded in 1957. She is scheduled to take the helm later this month.

Martin Luther King III also heads Realizing the Dream, Inc., a nonprofit organization he started in 2006 to address global poverty and spread the nonviolent philosophy espoused by his parents.

Bernice and Martin Luther King III commemorated the 42nd anniversary of their father's assassination on Sunday with a wreath-laying at their parents' crypt, which is on the grounds of The King Center.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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