Carter to mediate dispute over MLK Bible, Nobel Peace Prize

Jimmy Carter
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter opens up a Bible while teaching Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown in Plains, Ga. Carter’s recent diagnosis that cancer has spread to his brain will require him to scale back his work, but Carter Center officials say their programs will continue uninterrupted. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is stepping in to help resolve a legal battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

The late civil rights leader’s estate is controlled by his sons, who last year asked a judge to order their sister to surrender the items. In a board of directors meeting, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King voted 2-1 against Bernice King to sell the two artifacts to a private buyer.

The judge in May agreed to mediation after lawyers for both sides said they were close to an agreement and Bernice’s attorneys asked for mediation.

Carter said in a statement Monday that he met with the Kings at the Carter Center. The three King siblings issued a statement expressing optimism about a resolution.

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