Bernice King, Jan. 21, 2011, speaking with 11Alive News
ATLANTA -- In a press conference held at Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday morning, Bernice King made it clear how she felt about the selling of her father's possessions and those who plan to do it -- her brothers, Martin and Dexter King.
Surrounded by family members and community leaders, King wasted little time by saying she did not support the selling of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s possessions and she wanted to be disassociated from her brothers.
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"This is not a sibling rivalry," she said. "I will always love my brothers, but we are of different minds and most importantly, different relationships with God. I know my position is right. It's about standing on principle."
Last Friday, Jan. 31, Martin and Dexter King filed a complaint in Fulton County Superior Court, asking a judge to force Bernice to relinquish their father's items, which included Dr. King's 1964 Noble Peace Prize and his personal Bible.
"We have no right to sell our birthright," Bernice King said. "If I were to allow the selling of my father's belongings, my conscious would haunt me for the rest of my life. Our father must be turning over in his grave."
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