David Beasley
March 7, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter said Thursday she will comply with a judge’s order to turn over the late civil rights leader’s Nobel Peace Prize medal and personal Bible, and urged her two brothers to reconsider selling the “sacred” items.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney last month ordered Bernice King to relinquish the prize and Bible so they can be placed in a safe deposit box controlled by the court, until a lawsuit filed by the King estate is resolved.

“While some have suggested that I not turn over these sacred items and risk going to jail, I must say that after a great deal of dialogue, discussion, deep soul-searching and much prayer, I am led by the Holy Spirit to comply with the court order,” Bernice King said in a news conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where her father and grandfather once preached.

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