To settle a long-running ownership dispute over their father’s Nobel Prize and Bible, the children of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have turned to a man who knows something about conflict negotiations: Jimmy Carter.
The former president has agreed to serve as the King siblings’ mediator in a court battle over whether brothers Dexter Scott King and Martin Luther King III may sell their father’s possessions, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Their sister, Bernice King, has argued the items are sacred and should remain with the family.
Carter, whose peace-brokering resume includes a 1979 treaty between Egypt and Israel and agreements between the U.S. and Russia over arms control, met with the Kings on Monday, confirmed his grandson Jason Carter. The younger Carter is serving as legal counsel in the matter.