Bernice King Allowed to Continue Documenting Coretta King’s Personal Papers

bernice-king.jpgA judge has ordered Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter to continue
documenting her mother’s personal papers, which are at the center of a
family dispute among the civil rights icon’s surviving children.


Bernice King and brother Martin Luther King III
again faced off in court Friday against their brother, Dexter King, The
Associated Press reports.      


Dexter, CEO of King Inc.,
wants a judge to order Bernice, the administrator of her mother’s
estate, to turn over personal papers, including intimate letters
between Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr.       

The documents were part of
a $1.4 million book deal with Penguin Group for a memoir about the
civil rights matriarch, but that deal fell though earlier this month
after the family missed a deadline from the New York-based publisher to
turn the documents over. It is unclear now whether the documents can or
will be used for any future such deals.      

Bernice and Martin Luther King III both argue that the book goes against their mother’s wishes.      

The siblings and their
attorneys sat down for more than four hours Friday after cooperation
between them had stalled on a previous court order for Bernice King to
begin producing her mother’s personal items.      

The issue of whether
Coretta Scott King’s papers are the property of her husband’s estate,
which Dexter King controls, remains undecided for now, but Frankel said
he was pleased with Friday’s progress and that the process of
cataloguing hundreds of boxes of Coretta Scott King’s property — being
managed by a court-appointed “special master” — will resume as early as
this week. The cataloguing is necessary before a judge can decide
whether the documents should be turned over.

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