Judge Says MLK Bible Belongs to Civil Rights Icon’s Estate


The judge in a dispute over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize and traveling Bible has ruled the Bible belongs to the civil rights icon’s estate.

But in the ruling dated July 1, the judge said the question of ownership of the peace prize will proceed to trial next month unless the two sides reach an agreement beforehand. Former President Jimmy Carter has been acting as a mediator in the case.

King’s estate, controlled by his sons, filed a lawsuit in January 2014 seeking to get a judge to order their sister to surrender the items. In a board of directors meeting that month, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King voted 2-1 against Bernice King to sell the two artifacts to an unnamed private buyer.

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