Attorneys for Bernice King and Martin Luther King III would not say Friday how much money they are accusing Dexter King of taking from their mother's estate. Bernice King is the administrator of that estate. Dexter King, the suit says, controls their father's estate, which is registered as a Georgia corporation. All three children are shareholders in that corporation.
The lawsuit names Dexter King and the corporation as defendants. It alleges that last month, the defendants "converted substantial funds from the estate's financial account at Bank of America for their own use."
Dexter King denies any wrongdoing.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead garbage workers on a protest march. King's wife, Coretta Scott King, also devoted her life to the civil rights movement and is credited with keeping his legacy alive after his death, died in 2006.
Read the entire CNN article concerning the King children's lawsuit here.
plez sez: what a damn shame!
but WHO is qualified to administer the estate of Martin Luther King, Jr.?
to my way of thinking, the memory and legacy of MLK transcends race, he really belongs in the public domain for all americans. it almost needs a government agency (like the smithsonian institute) to maintain his letters, speeches, and memorabilia. then this agency could contribute to the living expenses of the king children (and heirs) for being part of the "lucky sperm" club. it is obvious that the legacy of being Martin Luther King, Jr.'s children is a weighty proposition that none of his children appear to be equipped to handle.
i would hate to hear that in ten years, some chinese corporation has ownership of the rights to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.