Do the King siblings feud more than other sibs?

I’m trying to figure out if Martin Luther King Jr.’s children fight more than other siblings or is just more public? Do you fight with your adult siblings? How do you handle conflict now?

It seems like MLK’s kids are constantly feuding. The latest fight is over the film rights to their father’s story.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

“DreamWorks Studios’ announcement Tuesday that it plans a big-screen epic on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. quickly sparked a new battle among his three feuding children.”

“Dexter King, who lives in California, negotiated the sale of rights by the King estate for what he hopes will be ‘the definitive film’ on his father’s life and legacy, he said in a press release.”

“But his brother and sister, Atlantans Martin Luther King III and Bernice King, said they only learned of the deal in an e-mail from him Tuesday morning as DreamWorks announced the film project.”

“They don’t consider the deal valid and plan to fight it, Bernice King said in an interview later Tuesday.”

” ‘We are taking action. We cannot reveal what it is at this time,’ she said . . . .”

“The three King siblings have gone to court in Georgia over control of the corporation that controls their parents’ legacy. That case revolves around papers of their mother, Coretta Scott King, that Dexter is trying to use for a biography and that Martin and Bernice King are trying to block.”

“Martin and Bernice King were also angered by a deal cut by Dexter King and a record company for recordings of their father.”

A 2008 article written by Bo Emerson of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution goes into more detail from the siblings about their fighting. (It’s really heartbreaking to read.) At that point they were fighting over their mother’s private documents after her death. Oldest sister Yolanda died before this battle. Here are some excerpts from the interview with Martin Luther King III and daughter Bernice. Dexter declined to be interviewed at that time.

” ‘People say why can’t they just talk about it?’ said Bernice King, the youngest of the four King siblings. ‘We tried that. We’ve gotten nowhere. For us it was a business decision to try to pursue this. … If it was just any business, I’d just say, ‘Buy me out, and we’re gone.’ But Martin and I have a responsibility to society.’ ”

“Martin King said the private letters between their parents, sought by Dexter for a biography of their mother, ought to be off-limits.”

” ‘First of all, we feel violated,’ he said. ‘The personal papers of our mom, we haven’t had the opportunity to go through them. We have the right to see them.’ Martin and Bernice said the letters are scattered among hundreds of boxes of personal property left after their mother died in 2006. ..”

“The siblings’ personal relationship has suffered, said Martin King. Dexter has yet to see Martin’s 5-month-old daughter, Yolanda, the only granddaughter of Coretta and Martin Luther King Jr.”

“Dexter did spend Thanksgiving with Martin’s family last year, said Martin, but added that their relationship is ‘not good.’ ”

” ‘I wish and long for it to be better. When we met in the courtroom, he was almost looking through me. I don’t know that he acknowledged my presence. I talked to him after the birth of our daughter. He sent me maybe one message. He never expressed a desire to see her.’ “

What do you think: Do the MLK sibs fight more than other siblings or is it just that it’s more public?

Have you fought for your sibs over your parents belongings after their death? Have you ever fought about a family business with your siblings? How was it resolved? Have you ever taken a sibling to court? Have you ever not seen a sibling’s new baby?

What do you think the King siblings should do to resolve their conflicts and patch up their relationships?

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56 comments Add your comment

Voice of Reason #1

May 21st, 2009
8:07 am

It is sad to see the King kids fight like this; it’s embarassing and I doubt Martin would be pleased. In fact, I know he wouldn’t be. This movie deal actually sounds like a good thing for the King legacy. And Spielberg is doing it? Dang; you can’t better than that for such a film. I wonder if, on this point, Bernice and Martin III are just being contrary and ornery (just like the love letters spat. I think it would be wonderful to read the passion between Coretta and MLK). But these kids do have issues to work out. They are spoiled and traveling in their own circles without a compass now that both daddy and momma are dead. They don’t know how to get along. Martin III needs to get a job; Bernice needs to get a MAN and I think Dexter needs to lay off some “enhancers.” Whether they fight more than non-famous siblings, who’s to say? Family is important; try to make it work.

Greg

May 21st, 2009
8:20 am

I’ll just say that I’m way past done with the King family. I don’t care to read any news about them. We only hear about them because of their father. The rest of them have just become a train wreck that is no longer interesting.

Kreanna Austin

May 21st, 2009
8:21 am

The King siblings have a right to fight. They lost their father at a very young age and never had a normal life. They shared their parents with the public. This is what God called his father to do …however, they are probably so hurt inside because they were not afforded a normal life….Who knows what goes on in their minds and souls ….

Photius

May 21st, 2009
8:23 am

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Voice of Reason #1

May 21st, 2009
8:24 am

Actually, there may not have been any real passion between Coretta and Martin (early years, yes; but not the later ones, from what I’ve been told). But it would be good to read of their personal communication one to another.

itamazesme

May 21st, 2009
8:27 am

Although it is shameful to see them fight. I think that it is a common case of respect and feeling left out on Berniece’s and Martin III’s part. I agree a movie sounds great on MLK Jr.’s legacy, however, I wish that Dexter (even though he is an executor) would out of respect let his siblings know what he is doing when it comes to their father and mother, instead of them hearing about it through other sources.

Becky

May 21st, 2009
8:27 am

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MomsRule

May 21st, 2009
8:28 am

I could care less about anything having to do with them and didn’t get past the headline. Enjoy your day everyone.

JJ

May 21st, 2009
8:30 am

They fight to keep there names in the press. MLK would be saddened at this display. I think it’s disgusting. They are ruining MLK’s legacy and all he did for civil rights.

I am ashamed of their behavior. Truly disgusting.

Anyway, I’m off to watch my daughter graduate. I have waited 18 years for this day, and I’m going to enjoy and savor every single moment. My entire family and my best friends will all be there. I’m a very proud Momma right now. Congrats to all the 2009 graduates.

Peace!

Andrea

May 21st, 2009
8:35 am

I don’t think this question is really relevant – the author fully KNOWS the conversation will undoubtedly stray away from the question at hand and move more to the debate of whether or not the King children are actually protecting the King legacy or milking it for profit.

To answer the question – the probably don’t fight any more than any other family. The King kids fight in public. It is pretty much a basic tenet of the old family values set that you don’t talk outside of the house and you certainly don’t air your dirty laundry. The King children have broken two of the most basic (and most regarded) family rules.

They need to take their problems home and settle them (by any means necessary) and then when you come back out, present a unified front and keep it moving. Lord knows, if any children have the right to be disfunctional, it is those kids. They literally sacrificed both of their parents and the “normal” upbringing for a movement (albeit an important one). They certainly didn’t ask for that. They aren’t any more disfuctional that any other family. A family in this country that is not disfunctional in some way or another generally resembles the mannequins in the K-Mart commercials. Be blessed ya’ll!

Becky

May 21st, 2009
8:37 am

OOPS..Sorry about the last post..

I agree with Voice of Reason #1 and Greg.. These “kids” are way past the age where they should know how to be adults..Their father left them a wonderful legacy that they have done their very best to rip into tiny pieces..

I don’t know if Martin and Coretta loved each other, but it appears that they did honor their wedding vows..After he passed, I don’t think you ever heard any rumors about her even dating another man…

I’m sure that the parents are spinning in their graves over the way the kids are behaving..Bless them..

Reign

May 21st, 2009
8:39 am

I think it’s normal for siblings to fight over family heirlooms and such after the death of a parent. I’ve known many families that were close, but when the mother or father died, all hell broke lose. It even happened in my family and I was shocked that certain members were behaving so badly, but I’ve heard from many others that the same has happened in their families. In the case of the Kings, I think it’s the publicity they receive over their fighting so we all get to hear about it and form opinions. It is a shame though that such a great and awesome man like Dr. Martin Luther King has a family that in no way lives up to his greatness. I don’t think we expect them to be like their father, but they seem to just live within his shadow and do nothing that’s unique to them individually. I can see how they would be divided though. Dexter seems to want to profit from any and everything related to his parents or he just wants to share their memories with the world and make a little money as he should, I guess. And the other two want to preserve the memory of their parents. They want to proceed with caution when it comes to profiting from their parents legacy because some things could be damaging. So, I think it’s all normal sibling fighting but pumped up a notch because of who their father was.

itamazesme

May 21st, 2009
8:40 am

Andrea – didn’t think about that – I agree. They don’t fight anymore than others – difference – they are in the public eye. As well the subject matter has already within 10 comments veered off it’s course.

Moms Rule – Your opinion is yours one way or the other – but why post? If you don’t care about it – that was harsh – when i read blogs that don’t peak my interest – i move on

chiu

May 21st, 2009
8:55 am

I thought my family’s feuding was unusual and the only family fights to the dying end. All because one sister’s unforgiving personality. She and my brother were fighting over everything and anything over 40 years!! After she passed away last year, I had a major depression over the whole thing. Sad…………….We are immigrant come from poor family and make it big in America, but money don’t buy peace and happiness unless you have kind hart and give others a chance to shine too.

Boots

May 21st, 2009
8:57 am

I can’t imagine the biological children of Martin and Coretta acting like this. The only explanation I can come up with is that these kids are adopted.

They act like heathren, not the children of a Nobel Prize winning civil rights leading icon and his supportive wife.

Van-ness

May 21st, 2009
8:59 am

Why is this a conversation piece? Didn’t you argue with one of your sister or brothers before. And if you were well known your business would be in the newspaper too with incorrect information as usual.

Becky

May 21st, 2009
9:00 am

Not sure if they fight more or that as someone else said, their fights are just more public..I have 4 brothers and 5 sisters and NO, we don’t fight near as much as you hear about the King kids…

Life is way to short to be fighting all of the time..My husbands sister (before she passed) would get mad at other family members and stay that way for weeks on end..She didn’t speak to her oldest daughter for 5 years, but could not tell you why she was mad at her..Whats up with that? She could never understand that I would say one day that I was mad at one of my sisters, then the next day, she would hear me tell the sister that I loved her..She thought I was crazy for not still being mad at her..

momtoAlex&Max

May 21st, 2009
9:02 am

I think that if one of my siblings went public and made a deal to profit from my father’s life story, I’d be pretty pissed off too. And I would probably air it in public too.

Michelle

May 21st, 2009
9:04 am

I don’t think they fight any more than normal siblings. If they weren’t the descendents of MLK, no one would even know about their squabbles! I think when anything of “value” is involved, it clouds judgement.

I think there are SO many people that would love to see Spielburg do a movie on MLK. Somehow, I don’t think it would be just trashy, gossipy nonsense. I think he could do justice to the cause that MLK and Coretta fought for.

Yes, the kids lost their father early and were placed into the public eye. They are adults now…if they don’t like it, then they should try to avoid it by NOT making all of their battles public ones! They are looking at the public for “support” of their opinions. Sometimes I just wish the media wouldn’t sensationalize certain things. Don’t people have enough of their own drama?

We fought A LOT when we were kids (ok…we still bicker sometimes LOL). There were SEVERAL years I didn’t talk to one of my siblings because he stole money from me (again). Heck, there was even I time I distanced myself from my whole family (long story, not for this blog). In the whole scheme of things, you can’t replace your family. My brother, well, he died about 3 years ago from lung cancer at the age of 33! So, you don’t always have “time” to make nice again.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 21st, 2009
9:04 am

If you read all the way down to the bottom the questions widens to Have you fought with your adult siblings?? Have you had to split up property or run a business together? How have you handled?

I think a lot of families fight when it comes to splitting up parents’ stuff and trying to agree on how to run a business. I told my parents not to split the family business between me and my brother — we wouldn’t agree on how to run it and I don’t want to fight with him about it ever but especially not when you’re mourning the death of your last parent. Even now we jokingly walk around pointing to things that we want after our parents die — we do it as a joke but I think our mother is very interested in what we want. So far I’ve claimed my great grandmother’s crystal orange juicer, her rocker and her desk. My brother isn’t interested in any of that – thank goodness.

So this really is a family question and not just about the KIngs — they are just the jumping off point.

SAR

May 21st, 2009
9:06 am

They are all glaring examples of how money can not buy class. They’ve never had to work for a living, all they do is spend money given to them by the Oprah type celebrities of the world. They should get a real job, join a gym and spend some time in the real world. They’ve made more than enough money pimping their fathers death.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 21st, 2009
9:07 am

Photius — No ZZZZZZZ ! Read to the bottom — i promise you it’s relevant to people other than the Kings!!

Six Flags up for tomorrow folks to get your make out stories ready — Jesse’s Girl – you out there — make out stories finally tomorrow!!!

The Voice

May 21st, 2009
9:08 am

“They are not any more dysfunctional than any other family?????” Really? How many of you out there have sued your brother and/or sister? Rather than worked things out between you and your family members how many of you have turned to the courts??? When our parents died my brother and I probated the will and on any areas of contention, of which there were few, we sat down and talked about it, came to a decision and went on about our business. This family (the Kids) of MLK and the professional widow Coretta are leeches. What have they ever done to improve anything? I can answer that for you…nothing. They are living off the estate of their parents and produce nothing but fodder for the gullible media to pounce upon and report. They prefer to continue to goad each other and stay in court rather than act like civilized humans and get along with each other. It has reached a point where the public doesn’t care any more, doesn’t want to hear about them and definitely does not want to see them. The sad part of this is that the folks that support them and poor and down trodden, you know, the people their father helped. All the while these poor people support them they lavish themselves with the garish trappings of all the bling that money can buy. Take for instance the MLK birthday dinner every year to celebrate his birth. It is a black tie affair and the only people in attendance are the super rich that can afford $1000 a plate. Yes sir….that really represents the typical black person in America. The MLK kids are beyond shameful.

The Voice

May 21st, 2009
9:12 am

Becky…”They honored their wedding vows???????” Sorry but NO. There are multiple instances documented by the FBI file on MLK where he took his mistresses on the road with him….faithful…not a chance.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 21st, 2009
9:18 am

OK – I’ve added a line into the first paragraph of the entry asking if you fight with your adult sibs too and how you handle the conflict! Hopefully that help folks see the broader question as well as the narrow question.

Becky

May 21st, 2009
9:20 am

Voice, didn’t know that..

Meems

May 21st, 2009
9:21 am

It is simply all about the $$$… and that is so sad. Their father would be very disappointed.

itamazesme

May 21st, 2009
9:33 am

Ok..Sorry Theresa I skimmed and then read through.

My sister and I as children fought non stop ( i am the eldest). My late mother used to tell us you only have each other. We became close during our college days and are no inseperable. We have disagreements but always get over them and quickly. When our mom passed last year, my sister handled alot of her estate. My sister, however, was respectable enough to discuss any and everything with me. That is why i think the King sibling’s lack respect for one another and that if Dexter would just discuss things with them it would be better.

Tiffany

May 21st, 2009
9:45 am

My sister and I fight all the time. I think it is tough when you are not included in decisions that affect your parents. When my father got very ill my sister and I had it out about how we would handle his medical treatment and his after care. I think it’s common for siblings to fight. I think the media has blown this situation out of proportion.

sd

May 21st, 2009
9:59 am

It takes at least two people to argue. I came to the conclusion years ago not to argue with family. So, if my brother decides that I am wrong about something, I am ok with him thinking that.

When my parents die, he can have everything if thats what he wants. Although, I doubt that he would.

I’d rather have a brother than money.

Voice of Reason #1

May 21st, 2009
10:31 am

Thought I’d check back. Actually, Coretta was a major determinant in some of the wayward course (including the money-grubbing) the entire King legacy has taken and some of her teachings are being manifested in her kids, Bernice (especially). The casual observer of the family may not know some of the inner workings and dealings. Coretta kinda’ made a limited-thinking mess of some things, but was able to be sheltered by Martin’s legacy and her position as his wife, so no one ever publicly called her out about it. That’s it for me today. Have a good one.

Adittohead

May 21st, 2009
10:37 am

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE ONCE alMIGHTY $$$$$$$$$$$..NOTHING MORE ..SHOW ME THE $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Adittohead

May 21st, 2009
10:40 am

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE alMIGHTY $$$$$$…NOTHING MORE

DB

May 21st, 2009
10:51 am

If MLK, Jr. could see how his family has handled his legacy, I suspect he would be deeply disappointed. I would like to think that they have the best interests of his legacy at heart, but I can’t help but think that it has devolved to everything having a dollar amount attached to it, and that always seems to cause acrimony in cases where a parent has not had an opportunity to create an estate and make their wishes firmly known.

No, I have never sued my brother or my parents. Goodness. My father once commented that he wanted to have more to leave me and my brother when he was gone, and I told him, quite honestly — “Just leave us enough to bury you, Daddy, I want you to enjoy every single hard-earned cent.”

I’m older than my brother by more than a decade. He and I don’t have a lot in common, although I think that he is a good man, an excellent father and a good son to our parents. He lives near them and I am 400 miles away, and although every once in a while I think he is a little disrespectful to them, I realize that I don’t live with my parent’s needs every day and cut him a little slack. I can’t imagine feeling stongly enough to supercede my feelings for my family to sue them for something.

With our kids, we have been very open as to our wills and estate planning, so they know exactly what’s what — i.e., they knew who would care for them if we died (not an issue, now, since they are both over 18), they know who the executor is (not them), and they know how the money is in a trust until they are 35, if it comes to that. At age 25, they have input into the operation of the trust, but they don’t have control until they are 35. Hopefully, none of these will be an issue!

TT

May 21st, 2009
10:51 am

I went through the same thing with my brother when both of our parents died. He didn’t want anything but didn’t want me to have it either. I only took something that belonged to my mother and I had permission to take it from the Executor of the Estate (who was a relative). My brother and I didn’t speak for a couple of years but are speaking now. The King children are no different than anyone else so let them fight and settle their differences in peace. Why does it always have to be made public? After all, they are only human.

Boots

May 21st, 2009
11:08 am

Dexter is so obsessed with money and the licensing of the “King” name that I’d be surprised if he hasn’t tried to get royalties from Burger “King,” “King” Tut, Mattress “King,” and anything that’s “king” sized.

I simply could not believe that the organization raising money to build a huge memorial to Martin Luther King had to pay a licensing fee to the kids to use the father’s words at a monument in his honor. If I had donated money for the Memorial Fund, I’d be PO’ed that my money was going to the kids when I had given my money to honor their father.

And, the other two are PO’ed because that don’t feel they’re getting their fair share.

Un-freakin’-believeable!

Michelle

May 21st, 2009
11:20 am

When we were all young, mom & dad had their will’s prepared (what the heck would happen to 6 kids if they died?) Now that we are all adults with our own children, I think they have revised things a bit. I know that my sisters have jokingly stated which pieces of mom’s jewelry they’d like! LOL! It is all in fun now, I just hope that if they do pass away that we can all be realistic about splitting things up! It will be interesting since it is a his, hers and ours blended family!

My dad’s mom passed away about 4 years ago. Dad’s dad is still living. Dad & my uncle do not fight about anything yet since grandpa is still living. Honestly, they are pretty much letting grandpa spend whatever money he feels he needs to! I’m not so sure it will stay quite as “civil” when grandpa is gone though. My uncle lives within 5 minutes of grandpa and Dad is over an hour away. My uncle and his wife see grandpa almost daily. They spend MUCH more time with him too! It will be a sad day when he is gone.

Wes

May 21st, 2009
11:30 am

I find the media and most commentators to be a little lazy when every time there’s some dispute among the King siblings, the story line reads something like “Spoiled King kids squabble over money” (I’m looking at you, Cynthia Tucker). I mean, imagine for a moment that you were 1 of among 3 siblings and your younger brother had questionably gained sole legal authority over the care and legacy of your parents. Say he was sending them to a nursing home without your consent, or selling their family home without your consent, or publishing private letters for profit without your consent. Or even your knowledge.

That’s basically what’s happening with the Kings; Martin and Bernice have a right to be fighting, and it’s not just about money, as Atlanta’s media and residents love to harp on. In fact I’ve begun to find the whole King-bashing sport to be a little self-indulgent, with most folks just wanting to pretend they’re holier than thou and would be strong enough to better handle the huge struggle that it must be to be a King child.

sugar

May 21st, 2009
11:51 am

First of all they all need A JOB…………..Have anybody heard where they are employed at.(I AGREE WITH YOU MEEMS) It’s all about money.
And they are just a bunch of SIBLING,That cry money all the time.

They really need to get it together,And grow up………….

anne

May 21st, 2009
11:52 am

Starting the Christmas after my Dad died, Mom had gifts under the tree labeled “To My Daughter; From Mom”. She picked 3 heirlooms (there are 3 of us, all girls) and wrapped them up. We each picked one gift to open. If we didn’t care for the gift, we traded with each other. Mom also had each of us write down 10 things that we wanted when she died. She was floored with our responses! All of us picked her 1953 Betty Crocker cookbook (tattered and torn, but loved), a red handled spatula that was used to cut cake, and her set of mixing bowls. She told us that she would take out lists and make out her own, to be opened after she died. If more than one of us picked the same item, she would choose who would receive it. After Mom died, we found her list in her special place. Yes, we abided by her wishes. We also agreed, right at the beginning, that we would not fight. We didn’t. I am very proud of how Mom’s estate was settled. I think she was also.

David Granger

May 21st, 2009
12:02 pm

The entire King family is complete, utter scum…and have been ever since Dr. King was assassinated. Is anyone really surprised?

David

May 21st, 2009
12:27 pm

Martin Luther King is a civil rights pioneer known all over the world. His children, however, are a disgrace to his legacy. They are corrupt, greedy, and are an embarrassment to the city of Atlanta. Year after year, we hear stories of how they are involved in corrupt business practices and now we find that they practically extorted money in order to sell the rights to build the MLK monument. They don’t deserve to be associated with MLK. What a joke.

1stsibling

May 21st, 2009
12:30 pm

Mos Def should play the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ……Parents know their children best, faults and all!! Apparently Dexter’s attorney is better that Martin King, III and Bernice King’s.

Becky

May 21st, 2009
12:32 pm

Anne, that’s sorta what we did when my Mom died..We all decided that if I had given it to her, then I got it back..If another one wanted it, you would trade..no squables..We always said it was a good thing that my Mother didn’t have a whole lot for us to fight over…

Ronnie

May 21st, 2009
12:36 pm

Andrew Young should the out the conflict. Who the hell cares about what he thinks. He wasn’t a King Lt. He was just following the crowd. Hell supported Senator Clinton, and sugessted that Senator Obama (now President Obama) drop out of the race. Some kind of civil rights leader huh?

itamazesme

May 21st, 2009
12:42 pm

Andrea by the latest comments you called it.

BILLY

May 21st, 2009
12:47 pm

what do you expect from UNDER ACHIEVERS,if they had their own lives instead of living on the legacy of their parents, they would not be arguing.As individuals what have they done worthy of their parents???

TW

May 21st, 2009
12:51 pm

I think that they are an embarrassment and a disgrace to their Father’s legacy. I have NEVER heard about the Kennedy or Rockfeller children arguing over money like these 3 do! Moreover, if they knew just how bad this looked they would all go sit down!!!!! Yolanda always seemed to have distanced herself from this and not wanting any special recognition or accolades because she bore the last name King.

DB

May 21st, 2009
2:42 pm

Kreanna: The King siblings have a right to fight. They lost their father at a very young age and never had a normal life. A RIGHT to fight, just because their dad died? How do you figure that? Are you saying that every kid who loses a parent at a young age is entitled to become greedy and grasping? That’s b.s.

Coretta Scott King may have been the country’s most famous widow after Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, but I can’t help but feel that the times and some sort of weird collective guilt over MLK’s death contributed to a sense of entitlement that she passed on to her children. MLK was adamant, in his lifetime, in eschewing a luxurious lifestyle and embracing a lifestyle that would have even been considered frugal by most successful ministers, even to the point of giving away the money that accompanied his Nobel Peace Prize. Mrs. King and MLK argued about money and argued about his extra-marital affairs, so I can’t help but think she took a not-so-secret satisfaction in the economic management of his legacy, which got passed down to their childen.

nurse&mother

May 21st, 2009
8:03 pm

I apologize that I haven’t read all the posts.

I think the King children are selfish, greedy and think only of themselves (individually). I don’t think they have the King name best interests at heart. It is astounding how the children want to reap so much money for themselves in the name of their father. Pathetic!

I think Dr. MLK would turn over in their graves if they could view all the drama going on within their family.