As the nation celebrated the memory of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, his two sons and daughter were caught up in their latest fight over control of their father's legacy. King's estate, which is run by his sons Martin Luther King the Third and Dexter King, filed the suit Aug. 28. The estate says it owns all rights to King's intellectual property and memorabilia and says it licensed those rights to The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, which is run by his daughter Bernice. The estate says it notified the center that the license would be revoked because the center has not maintained the property properly. It says care and storage at the king center is unacceptable. and the memorabilia is susceptible to damage by fire, water, mold, mildew and theft.
The suit also seeks to remove Bernice King, Alveda King and Andrew Young from the board of directors.