“It is in the public interest … to uphold and enforce valid contracts and to allow the [King estate] to fully exercise its rights of ownership,” the lawsuit says.
Neither of the brothers have publicly commented on the lawsuit. But The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was able to inspect a Jan. 20 letter from Martin Luther King III to Bernice King, requesting a Jan. 22 meeting.
“The purpose of this special meeting is to discuss and vote on whether to offer for purchase at a private sale of the Nobel Peace Prize and the King Bible. And if the vote is to proceed with such a sale, to identify the person to whom. Within two days of the affirmative vote, the Nobel Peace Prize and the King Bible shall be physically delivered.”
Bernice King said she would not relinquish the items, adding that she is not hiding them.
“They are hidden in plain sight,” Bernice King said. “They know where they are. But God put them beyond their reach.”