Bernice King, who followed her father into the pulpit, has studied his Bible and believes he used it more for meditation. Throughout the text, he made detailed notes, including dates attached to specific verses. The earliest being 1954, the same year he became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery.
“You can tell it was used a lot,” said Bernice King, adding that she received a call from the PIC around two weeks ago indicating that Obama was interested in using King’s Bible.
Martin Luther King III plans to attend the inauguration with his wife and daughter. “I hope that the nation will use the moment not only to reflect on the responsibilty we all have to serve, but also realize that the dream dad envisioned has not been fulfilled,” Martin King said. “I hope the nation is inspired.”
Bernice King, who is CEO of the King Center, will not be joining her family at the inauguration because of local holiday commitments. But she will be watching.
“It is heartwarming and it is kind of exciting,” Bernice King said. “If the little girl in me spoke, [she] would yell, ‘that is my Daddy’s Bible.’