Since the deaths of their mother in 2006 and their oldest sibling, Yolanda, in 2007, the three surviving King children are in a dispute over control of their mother’s estate and are accusing each other of mishandling funds.
All three children are board members of the family corporation, but Bernice is administrator of her mother’s estate while Dexter is head of King Inc., “which controls the intellectual property rights of their father,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Dexter apparently had made a deal to use his mom’s papers for a biography about her. Bernice and Martin III, the newspaper said, “argue that some of these records are too personal to be made public. They also contend Dexter King has effectively shut them out of the company by refusing to call a family board meeting in more than four years.”
It is not uncommon for heirs to squabble even when there is little money involved. When there’s a lot of money at stake, it almost is inevitable that family ties are broken.
It hurts that at this special time, when people all over the nation are focusing again on King’s dream, his children are fighting over his memory.
And I can’t help but wonder now about “the content of their character.”
There was a time when Black leaders in our country actually respected our sacred places.
The full version of Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech.
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