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MLK's Bible, Nobel medal at center of legal battle

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 00:59

A judge in Atlanta is hearing a legal battle between the children of the late Martin Luther King Jr. over ownership of his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and his Bible. Linda So reports.

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When President Obama took the oath of office for his second term, he placed his hand on the Bible Martin Luther King Jr. carried with him during the civil rights movement. That bible along with King's 1964 Nobel Peace Prize are now at the center of a bitter legal battle between his three surviving children. SOUNDBITE: BERNICE KING, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S DAUGHTER, SAYING: "These are sacred items. To a certain extent, family heirlooms." A judge in Atlanta is hearing the dispute that pits King's sons, Dexter King and Martin Luther King the Third against their sister Bernice King. Both sons want to sell the items to raise money for the King estate. But Bernice says the items are sacred and need to be kept in the family. SOUNDBITE: BERNICE KING, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S DAUGHTER, SAYING: "These items are reflective of the heart and soul of who my father was and what he represented. There are some things you don't sell or sell out for." The items are being held in a safe deposit box controlled by the court until the lawsuit is resolved.

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MLK's Bible, Nobel medal at center of legal battle

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 00:59