Legacy of civil rights leaders source of fights | savannahnow.com

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Feb

Legacy of civil rights leaders source of fights | savannahnow.com

WASHINGTON — Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter recently walked up to the pulpit of the Atlanta church where her father preached and, in a painful public display, dissociated herself from her brothers.

She accused them of plotting to sell their father’s personal Bible and his Nobel Peace Prize — items she declared “sacred” and worth more than money.

When it comes to fights like this, the Kings are not alone.

Malcolm X’s daughters are suing to block a book deal, signed by one sister, to publish their father’s diary.

Rosa Parks’ valuable mementos, including her Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, have sat in a New York City warehouse for years because of a protracted battle over her estate.

America’s greatest civil rights leaders may belong to the ages, but the fights among family, friends and outsiders over control of their earthly possessions seem never-ending.

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