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Martin Luther King’s Kids Finally Settle On How to Cash In On Dad’s Dreams


Because having children wasn’t the norm among our gay civil rights leaders, it might be another generation or two before we see the children of those men and women squabbling over their estates. But when it comes to Martin Luther King Jr.’s kids? That’s their legacy! But finally, some common ground:

Coretta and Martin’s kids Martin Luther King III, Bernice King, and Dexter King took 15 hours yesterday to reach a settlement over how to manage their father’s assets, including his intellectual property. AJC: “Under the settlement, a third-party custodian will be brought in temporarily to run King Inc., the corporation that controls the use of their father’s papers, intellectual property and materials. The move effectively pushes aside Dexter King, who now serves as president of King Inc.”


The divide was between Martin III and Bernice (Team 1) and Dexter (Team 2) and, like most disputes, was all about money and power. As head of King Inc., Dexter wrested control of dad’s estate, and had his brother and sister claiming shady wrongdoings. After all, there are millions at stake: $32 million from the sale of Dr. King’s papers to the city of Atlanta, an $800,000 foundation licensing deal, plus movie and book deals.

If Cleve Jones moves fast, he can leave a similar legacy to his loved ones!

On:           Oct 13, 2009
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    • alan brickman

      This is sad….All Civil Rights Leaders should “eat their young”….

      Oct 13, 2009 at 11:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz

      Coretta has been such a wonderful supporter of GLBT rights.

      Oct 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • J. Clarence

      Eh. Money does that to people. And why does Cleve Jones have to move fast? His he on his death bed?

      Oct 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tim in Texas

      The amazing King’s raised several spoiled brats – non of which have any ability to run a multimillion dollar estate.

      Sad to see that all his money will spent to support their lifestyle of luxury while black America is struggling in the biggest of ways right now.

      As far as Rev. Bernice, too bad she didn’t fall of a cliff at an early age. She is one homophobic ranting dumb b***ch.

      Oct 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      Tim in Texas: I wasn’t sure about Bernice. However I do know that one of the sons is also a rabid homophobe, I think it is MLKjr. Has made many disgusting comments regarding our causes………Pathetic

      Oct 13, 2009 at 1:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • afrolito

      What exactly does this story have to do with gay issues? Just another lame excuse for this blog to slam black people.

      Oct 13, 2009 at 2:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz

      @Afrolito– who the heck is slamming black people? I think it’s only vaguely relevant also, but I don’t think it is a slam. I repeat what I said above, though– Coretta is one of my heros, and she has repeatedly put it on the line for GLBT’ers.

      Oct 13, 2009 at 2:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • vincjustin

      why can’t we respond to each other’s comments anymore?

      Oct 13, 2009 at 11:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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