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Brothers say documents at King Center in jeopardy

9:47 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- Sadly for the King siblings, public squabbles are nothing new. But this latest one has remarkable timing. On August 29, while they stood together in Washington to mark their father's "I Have a Dream" speech and the March -- a lawsuit was being filed by Dexter and Martin Luther King against their sister.

The suit is against the King Center, which is headed up by their sister, Bernice.

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The brothers allege that the center has been careless with historical documents, recordings, even their father's remains in the coffin. They say the items are at risk -- from fire and water damage, mold, mildew and theft.

In the lawsuit, the brothers said they tried to work this out, but their relationship with their sister has recently become strained.

The King Center was put on notice last month that its licensing agreement with the King estate was being terminated.

What that means for all of these items, the coffin, the recordings, no one is saying.

11Alive has reached out to the King children, to their spokespeople, to their attorneys, and no one is talking. The King brothers have said their decision could be reversed if the King Center put Bernice King on administrative leave. 

In the lawsuit the brothers said they tried to work this out, but their relationship with their sister has recently become strained.

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