Dear King Children, You Better Not Sell Your Daddy’s Bible and Medal!
This sternly-worded letter has been on my spirit all week. Dr. Bernice King wrote a letter talmbout how her brothers are suing her to get her to transfer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal to them so they can sell it. I was like WHAT THE DEUCE?!? So I’m here with words for the King Children, mostly Martin Luther King III (who I call Trey) and Dexter. But ALL of them need to get it together.
Dear Martin III (Trey), Dexter and Bernice,
Good morning/afternoon/evening, brethrens and sisthren. I am here because I read Bernice’s letter the other day informing everyone about the latest piece of drama popping up with the family. Please have a seat so we can talk about it.
So you brothers are trying to sell your daddy’s traveling bible and his Noble Peace Prize medal to some private collector. And you let Bernice know on MLK Day. When she told yall “NAWL!” you then decided to sue her because the items are in her care. When did you do this? January 31st, of course.
BECAUSE YOU AIN’T GOT NO BEHAVIOR!
Why in the Holy hell… what in the…? WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO SELL DR. KING’S BIBLE AND NOBEL PEACE PRIZE?!?
This is the bible that your daddy carried around as he went through the country, working to improve the lives that Black folks were living in a system where the law explicitly demanded that we are degraded each and every day in every way. This is the same Bible that the first Black president EVER, President Barack Obama, swore on when he was taking his oath into office 45 years after MLK was assassinated.
You want to sell THAT Bible. And the Nobel Peace Prize medal your daddy received, which is one of the highest honors that a freedom fighter can get. YOU WANNA SELL THAT MEDAL!
If you don’t go sit in the corner some damb where and find some decency. That is plain and pure foolishness.
Those mementos aren’t just your father’s things. They’re an important part of history, and legally, they do belong to you as his heirs but sentimentally, they belong to all of us who are living freer today because of the work that MLK and other Movement heros. Don’t be tryna sell it to some private collector!
You can’t be outchea treating Dr. King’s estate like a game of Monopoly that you’re losing because you can’t land on Boardwalk even though you own Park Place. And you’re the banker so you keep shorting everyone because you can’t deal. That brings me to the fact that this just reeks of greed and brokeness.
You can’t tell me that selling Dr. King’s belongings to a private collector is motivated by anything but money because there is LITERALLY nothing you will gain from it. In fact, everyone loses because you’ll be entrusting a piece of history to some random who can place it on hisher mantle. Or leave it in a yellow cab.
Why aren’t his things at the Smithsonian, anyway? Or even his museum in Memphis? If you wanna sell Dr. King’s stuff, sell them go to an establishment that exists to preserve history, not to some dude on eBay or Craigslist because you need some coins. That is just pitiful. I understand that you might be going through financial strains but this ain’t the way to win.
Now, fellas. Are you hard up on dineros? I checked Wikipedia for info on what you do and it’s basically “Use name for speaking engagements” so Iunno still. Trey, you bear your father’s name
but not his charisma and charm and that’s gotta be hard because it means you live in his shadows even more than the others. However, what is it that you DO and why would yall sue your sister like this? I mean gahtdamb. Have you no shame?? Was Thanksgiving dinner 2013 especially contentious? Come on, fam!
Y’all be in too much mess much too often. You King Children have a bit of a reputation of being an overly litigious, perpetually squabbling and petulant pack and the public discordance is a taint on the name you carry. It’s such a shame too because you could be continuing your father’s work in a really meaningful way, but NAWL! Yall just can’t get it together and we collective shake our heads at you for it.
We shall overcome yall’s immaturity because this is just a mess. Bernice was right. Martin is probably doing the wop in his grave because of these shenanigans. Coretta is in Heaven sending you side-eyes of glory. AND it’s US History Month. Talk about adding insult to injury. Y’all couldn’t even wait for the month to run through before showing out.
You are better than this. That royal blood you got is better than this. We expect better from you.
You are supposed to be representing a legacy, which is bigger than you, your name, and even your daddy. It’s a symbol of fighting for justice and peace in the face of hate. Meanwhile, I hate how y’all can’t have peace within yourselves and it ain’t no justice. Blood is supposed to be thicker than pettiness but all you wanna do is squabble. ALLATAHM! STAHP!
Sidenote: Bernice, you look JUST like Dr. King Jr! And you sound like him. When you spoke at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I was like “That is her daddy’s child!” Whooo… meanwhile, Trey over there… I’ma stop. >__>
Long story short: y’all better not sell that Bible or medal to anybody but a museum or a center or something! And quit showing out! There’s important work to be done because that promised land that your daddy dreamed about? We ain’t there yet. And this in-fighting helps nobody.
Good day to you.
P.S. GET. IT. TOGETHER.