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Disputes Rage Amongst Children of MLK

An Unsettled Chapter in Martin Luther King’s Legacy

The legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. seems to be everywhere these days with the success of the film Selma, which begins with his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

It has been a hot topic among historians, who have debated whether the film adequately depicts the interplay between the civil rights leader and President Lyndon B. Johnson.

And it took on renewed prominence in Atlanta on Monday when Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, in his Inaugural Address, reminded residents that a statue of Dr. King would soon be erected on the State Capitol grounds.

At the same time, a decidedly less heroic aspect of his legacy has been playing out here in court filings and hearings as his three surviving children work through a pair of lawsuits over the disputed ownership of their father’s Bible and Nobel Prize medal, and the licensing of his intellectual property.

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