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MLK Jr.'s niece sides with Bernice in legal fight with her brothers

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December of 1964. It along with the Bible he traveled with are among his estate's prize possessions.

They are items Bernice King said her brothers Dexter and Martin III want to sell.

"I am standing with her [Bernice] because I do believe we can't have a sale to the highest bidder with those family heirlooms," said Dr. Alveda King.

Alveda King is one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s nieces.

"So you have two brothers trying to silence the voice of their sister. That is why I believe they made that a sealed request to the court on last Friday," said Alveda King.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 22, the majority of the board of directors voted for Bernice King to return those to the King Estate which Martin King and Dexter King serve as executors.

"It's not the board of the King Center, which I am a member of, it is the board of the estate," said Alveda King. "The board of the estate is three people - that's Martin, Dexter and Bernice. So the majority will be Martin and Dexter."

Dr. Alveda King said Bernice wanted to talk with her brothers before they filed the lawsuit.

"I know for a fact she wrote a response to her brothers, let us have some conversations," said Alveda King.

Maurcia Guinyard is a probate estate attorney who also handles criminal and other civil cases. She said Martin King and Dexter King have a tough case.

"They are going to have to prove by Bernice King holding those items that the estate is being harmed in some way, and in a way that can't be remedied other than her returning the items," said Guinyard.

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