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The Bible, which King kept with him during the civil rights movement, was most recently used by President Barack Obama for the swearing in of his second term. The Nobel Peace Prize King received in 1964 was for his “nonviolent campaign against racism.”

Here’s an ironic twist: When Dr. King was notified of his Nobel Prize, he announced that he would turn over the prize money – $54,123 – to support the civil rights movement. Fifty years after King unselfishly donated his Nobel Prize money to his campaign for social justice, his children are fighting each other in court over the same Noble Prize medal – for money.

King’s estate, which is controlled by his sons, last year asked a judge to order King’s daughter to surrender the items. In a board of directors meeting last year, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King voted 2-1 against Bernice King to sell the two artifacts.

The Rev. Timothy McDonald, who served as assistant pastor at Ebenezer from 1978 to 1984, told The Associated Press: “You don’t sell Bibles and you don’t get but one Nobel Peace Prize. There are some items that you just don’t put a price on.”

Lawyers for Bernice argue that King gave the Nobel medal to his wife as a gift, saying that it’s part of Coretta Scott King’s estate. Bernice is the manager of her mother’s estate.

King’s children should serve as positive role models for African Americans and all citizens of color but instead they are a family in real-life crisis. No court of law can fix this kind of dysfunction.

Maybe they need Iyanla Vanzant to step in.

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