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Happy Fathers’ Day Part Two: Daddy’s Pearls

Thursday, June 13th, 2013





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When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! Matthew 13:46 NLT

130613 blog image 2When I was sixteen years old, my daddy, Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, Sr. gave me a sweet sixteen birthday party. He also gave me my very first and most beautiful set of pearl jewelry. They were set as dangling earrings and a necklace. I’m wearing the necklace in a photo taken over a quarter of a century ago.

Daddy was truly my hero. Was he perfect? No, of course not. He fought against temptations of the flesh like any man. Remember David was after God’s own heart, yet he killed Uriah the Hittite. Noah drank too much wine. Moses was the most meek and humble man in history, yet he never quite mastered his temper. My father was such a man, a man after God’s own heart, a man of faith and bold enough to build in the face of mockery of the people.

Daddy once took his youth ministry to Pensacola, Florida for a summer youth retreat. I was so happy to be included. It was my first time to see and play in the ocean. Daddy was a championship swimmer in college, having awards aplenty. When he married Mama and the children were born, he insisted that we all learn to swim. I was more of a dog paddler than a real swimmer, but I could stay afloat and had no fear of water.

The sound and sight of God’s powerful waves crashing upon the shore was just awesome to me. I remember Daddy’s rich baritone voice ringing with laughter as I bounded about in the water. I even grew to be so bold as to dash out into a huge wave and get washed away from the shore. With Daddy behind me and the looming ocean out beyond me, I remember yelling “Daddy” as the wave washed me away.

Instantly, at my cry for help, Daddy dove into the water and came cutting through the ripples to my side. I remember that Daddy had taught us so many times that Jesus, the living Son and Word of God calmed the waves with His command: “Peace be still.” I remembered that Daddy taught us that Jesus walked on the water. When I felt Daddy’s strong arms around me, pulling me out of the now menacing waves, I likely wondered if Jesus would come walking right up beside us.

Daddy’s gift of pearls to me included the knowledge of the Pearl of Great Price, which is The Kingdom of Heaven presented to us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the greatest gift a Father can give a child, the gift of natural life fortified with the Gospel of Life.

Today, in the midst of immigration battles, tax battles, social and moral battles, I can only encourage us to remember our best and greatest father, GOD. I honor God on Fathers’ Day because He is GOD and GOD alone. Through the years, God has given me some wonderful “father figures” to guide my understanding, and I am grateful.

God gives us many blessings in life. Among the countless blessings experienced in my now 62 years of life on earth are the lessons learned from my four favorite mentors. Three of them are elders from my bloodline, and from them I learned to receive God’s miracles, to have a compassionate heart and that love never fails.

My father, Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, I (A. D.) taught me to believe in and later to experience the miracles of God. When I was a little girl, I would sit in the pews of churches where Daddy preached and listen to his sermons on the miracles of Jesus. When Daddy preached, I actually believed that Jesus walked on the water, turned the water to wine, rebuked the winds and the waves, multiplied the fish and the loaves and healed the sick and raised the dead.

When Granddaddy (Dr. Martin Luther King, Senior) preached about how we have to have “faith, hope and love,” and the compassion of God, for the prisoners, for the sick, for the elderly, for the widows and for the children, my heart went out to “the least of these.”

When Uncle M. L. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) preached about the love of God, my heart learned to know God as my loving father. Most people know that Uncle M. L. was a famous civil rights leader, but my best memories of him are as a loving family man and preacher.

My daddy and uncle in the nineteen sixties went to Heaven when they were both killed in the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement. Granddaddy lived to see his “first three great-grandchildren,” my first three children born alive. He went to Heaven in the mid-nineteen eighties; just about two years after I was “born again” in 1983.Daddy never saw one of his grandchildren. I try and help them to know Daddy through my memories.

I miss them all so very much. They were my family, my protectors, my heroes, my mentors and my first Bible teachers.

God in His infinite wisdom has given me two more mentors, Pastor Theo Allen McNair, Senior Pastor of Believers’ Bible Christian Church in Atlanta, GA. He has been my Pastor and mentor for almost 25 years. It is to him that I gave my first symbolic cup to a prophet. And then there is Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for life. I can’t tell you how much he has helped me to understand that God’s gifts to us can increase when we stand for the Gospel of Life.

As I close, I’d like to encourage everyone to also remember those fathers whose lives have been touched by the abortion of their seed. God wants to heal all the fathers of the world. I’d like to share a blog message from Kevin Burke about this.

Let the healing begin!






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Happy Fathers’ Day, Part One

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013





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“Children are a gift from God.” Psalm 127

As first in a series of three “Fathers’ Day Blogs,” I am blessed to pay tribute to my Grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. who saw me in a dream three years before I was born. That prophetic dream gave me life, against the odds of a threat of abortion.

I also thank God for my Prolife Father Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, Sr. and my Prolife uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can read more about them in my book, How Can the Dream Survive If We Murder the Children? or in my testimony at my website.

I am very mindful of the thousands if not millions of fathers who wanted to overcome the abortion of their babies, the onslaught against their seed, but were powerless to do so.

Then there are the fathers who agreed to or even urged that their babies be aborted; sadly some fathers even went further and coerced or perpetrated abortions. Many now regret that “choice.”

In a new blog, Kevin Burkes examines the intricacies of A FATHERS’ HEART. Read his blog HERE.

Fathers and Mothers play a vital role in the lives if their children. We give due justice in celebrating Mothers’ Day. We should do the same for Fathers. As we approach the holiday, let us pray for all fathers, that God will bless and help them to fulfill HIS will for their lives and for their children.






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Matt Birk: Standing Up For Righteousness

Monday, June 10th, 2013





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As we approach the Fathers’ Day weekend, let’s take note of a valiant stand that Matt Birk, retired Ravens center has taken for life. Some people succumb to public pressure; some give in to peer pressure; some compromise their principle for fame and fortune; while others will sell their morals for 30 silver pieces.

And then there are those that will stand for righteousness no matter the cost.

And so it is for Matt Birk.

This past Thursday Mr. Birk explained during an interview on Minnesota’s KFAN radio why he declined an invitation to the White House.

As reported by Marc Weinreich of Sports Illustrated, Birk said,”

“I wasn’t there. I would say this, I would say that I have great respect for the office of the Presidency but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.”

Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year. I am Catholic, I am active in the Pro-Life movement and I just felt like I couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way..I’m very confused by [the President’s] statement. For God to bless a place where they’re ending 330,000 lives a year” I just chose not to attend.”

I commend Mr. Birk for his courage to stand up for his principles. The world needs more Birks who stand for godly values and principles.

I believe that men and women of conscience should take note of Mr. Birk’s position and join him in public expression of why we should stand for life. Again, since Fathers’ Day is just around the corner, perhaps you would like to share his testimony with the fathers you know, and also recommend Kevin Burke’s book, REDEEMING A FATHER’S HEART.






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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Launches ‘Men Regret Lost Fatherhood’

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign has launched Men Regret Lost Fatherhood, a new initiative for men who have taken part in an abortion and are coping with feelings of remorse.

Beginning today, visitors to SilentNoMoreAwareness.org can click on the photo icon for “Men and Abortion” at the top of the page to be taken to the new platform, which offers resources, information and support for men who regret their lost fatherhood.

“Our goal is to reach out to broken and hurting fathers who regret lost fatherhood and are searching for help,” said Kevin Burke, LSW, a pastoral associate with Priests for Life and Silent No More, and the co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries. “Experience has shown that many men hurting from the loss of a child to abortion think they are alone in their suffering. The new platform is a way of increasing our message for men who come to the Silent No More Awareness Campaign that they are not alone, that healing is available and they are an essential part of our overall outreach.”

Silent No More co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney decided to launch Men Regret Lost Fatherhood in April to coincide with Abortion Recovery Awareness Month.
“No matter what role men had in an abortion – whether they suggested it, supported it, insisted on it or stood silently by – the feelings they experience afterward can leave them uncertain of where to turn for help,” the co-founders said. “Our hope is that Men Regret Lost Fatherhood will be where they come to find validation of their feelings after abortion and resources for recovery.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign was founded in 2002. Since then, its public gatherings – including the March for Life in Washington D.C. – have included the testimonies of an increasing number of men. With Men Regret Lost Fatherhood organizers hope to call more men like Matt Clinger to share the truth of their abortion loss.
“I lost the chance to be a father twice because I was not man enough to stand up for my children in the womb,” said Matt, who serves as a spokesman for the Campaign. “I medicated the shame I felt from the abortion with alcohol, pornography and a trail of dishonesty. But today, with the thought of my two children rooting me on, I am hoping to reach out to other men who are still suffering in silence.”

The new platform is an outgrowth of the Fatherhood Forever Foundation, which was founded in 2005 by Jason Baier, a post-abortive father who recognized that men like him had few places to turn for help.

“Our hope is that the international scope of Silent No More will help us reach all the men who regret their lost fatherhood with a message of hope and healing,” Burke said. “Pro-choicers tell us that abortion is a woman’s choice, but two people created that life, and both of them, along with their unborn children, suffer the consequences of that choice.”

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Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,612 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,195 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries. More than 12,865 people representing 77 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,718 testimonies posted here, with over 214 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org






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What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012





November 27, 2012

Contact: Allan E. Parker
210-614-7157
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PRESS ADVISORY AND RELEASE

WHO: Experts Including Women Hurt By Abortion
WHAT: Media Briefing
WHERE: National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
WHEN: December 4, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ISSUE: The Impact of Abortion on Women, Families, and Society

Washington, D.C. – On December 4, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., an impressive and diverse group of experts and witnesses with personal experience of abortion will present a three hour media briefing and background session on the topic: “What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?”

The purpose of the briefing is to provide access to a broad spectrum of experts, including women hurt by abortion, for news media preparing news stories regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. All presenters will make their written statements available to be used in any format, without embargo. Presenters will provide evidence, documentation and background material that will assist all reporters in preparing thoughtful analytical pieces that present both sides of the issue of legalized abortion. The event is being hosted by The Justice Foundation.

Operation Outcry is a project of The Justice Foundation and has now collected over 5,200 legally admissible testimonies from women of how their abortion hurt them. Five of these women will present their individual abortion stories showing the diverse range of experiences of abortion and its aftermath. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited Operation Outcry’s testimonies for the proof that “some women come to regret aborting the infant life they once created and sustained…” “Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow.” Gonzales v. Carhart (2007).

Speakers include: (full bios will be available on www.40yearsafterabortion.org by Dec. 4)

“Abortion Hurt Me Personally and Millions of Others” – Carmen Pate (Senior Director of Community in Action with Truth in Action) and Operation Outcry Women Hurt by Abortion- Myra Myers, Rebecca Porter, Julie Thomas and Cindy Collins

“Scientific Evidence That Abortion Hurts Women” – Dr. Martha Shuping, MD, Psychiatrist

“Impact of Abortion on African-American Community” – Dr. Alveda King, National  Spokesperson for Silent No More Awareness Campaign

“Impact of Abortion on Women’s Health, Millions of Pre-Term Births” – Dr. Freda  McKissic Bush, MD, FACOG practicing OB-GYN in Jackson, Mississippi; Fellow in the  American College OB-GYN

“Abortion Causes Breast Cancer” – Dr. Angela Lanfranchi MD FACS, Breast Cancer  Surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and certified by the American  Board of Surgery; Co-Founder and President of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute

“Impact of Abortion on Men” – Kevin Burke, Rachel’s Vineyard Licensed  social worker; Co-Author of “Redeeming A Father’s Heart-Men Share Powerful Stories  of Abortion Loss and Recovery”

“Abortion Has Corrosively Politicized the Supreme Court” – Allan Parker, Attorney and  President, The Justice Foundation; Co-Host, “Faces of Abortion” Television Program;  former Professor of Law

Jeanneane Maxon, VP of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United  for Life;

“40 Years of Abortion Has Politicized Medicine and Science” – Dr. Byron C. Calhoun,  MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA; Diplomate Board Certified by the American Board of  Obstetrics and Gynecology in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the sub- specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; authored over 70 peer review articles in the  Obstetric and Gynecologic literature

“Are We Better Off After 40 Years?” – Georgette Forney, Co-Founder of Silent No More  Awareness Campaign

“Promises Unkept: 40 Years of Legal Abortion Has Failed to Lower Child Abuse, Crime, and Out of Wedlock Births” – Michael New, Assist. Professor of Political Science,  Master’s degree in Statistics and a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford  University in 2002

“Abortion in New York (Abortion Capital USA): Painful Lessons” – Christopher Bell, President, Good Counsel

“Abortion Has Caused Increased Violence Against Women” – Molly White, Founder and Director of Women for Life International – USA

“Abortion’s War on Possibility and the Beauty of Adoption” – Ryan Scott Bomberger, Chief  Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation (exposed the disproportionate impact of  abortion in the Black community and the racism of Planned Parenthood; adoptee and  adoptive father)






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Black leaders release new report, urging DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012





The National Black Prolife Coalition, has released a new report on the harmful impact of abortion. Visit the website for the latest on the report which was released on Capitol Hill. Click here National Black Prolife Colation






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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

Saturday, June 16th, 2012










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Fatherhood Begins in the Womb

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012





I applaud Ryan Bomberger for his insight and persistance in tackling pro-life issues. His assesment of the problem is right on as evident by many crisis pregnancy centers’ new push to minister to the fathers of the babies. Until we start to strengthen the family unit, I fear we will continue down the path of moral decay.

A new Radiance Foundation billboard has gone up in Camden, New Jersey, showing an African American father kissing his pregnant wife’s stomach with the caption, “Fatherhood begins in the womb.” Ryan Bomberger said of the new campaign, “Deterioration of the family is the core issue facing black America, and we’re calling black men back to responsibility.”

To read the full story click HERE.

To read more about the fatherhood crisis and get some resources click HERE.

COURAGEOUS is another fatherhood project and a great movie that I highly recommend to everyone.

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Dads Do Have A “Dog In The Fight”

Monday, March 5th, 2012





I think that Charles Jones, who shared this with me on Facebook, makes a very valid point which many ignore or try to dismiss. Oro-choice advocates say that abortion is a wonam’s “choice” and men shouldn’t have a say. Men do suffer from abortions. Sometimes in diferent ways but also in a lot of the same ways. You can visit Silent No More Awareness Campaign to watch or read testimonies of men who have been hurt by abortion and are speaking up.

Through Rachel’s Vineyard, men, and women, can find the healing and forgiveness they seek.

Another good resource is Dads on Duty run by my good friend, Fred V-Man Watson.






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The American Dream Is Deeply Rooted in the Natural Family

Thursday, January 26th, 2012





This is an op-ed that I did for the Philadelphia Inquirer which they chose not to publish.

In your recent front page article on Robert Patterson and the journal he edits, The Family in America, you missed a wonderful opportunity to reveal principles of sorely longed-for restoration to your readers. A research-based journal, The Family in America upholds the basic family values that my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and indeed all of my family have upheld throughout the ages.

As part of the King Family Legacy, I can assure you that the married-parent, natural family is a necessary component to achieve the American dream for African-Americans and for all of God’s people. I know firsthand the importance of a strong family in overcoming difficulties; as a child I was jailed, my house was bombed, and my daddy and uncle were killed in the Civil Rights Movement of this great nation. If it had not been for the safety and security provided by my father and mother, we, their children, would have been severely if not irreparably traumatized.

Just this week, The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society (the organization that publishes The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy) hosted me in Rockford, Ill., to celebrate my Uncle Martin’s life and to speak at a number of events to promote life, the natural family and civil rights. At the Booker Washington Center in Rockford, I also spoke about my Grandfather (MLK’s father), Daddy King, who always taught our family to have faith in God, and to value life, liberty and justice for all. There, I also cited editions of my Uncle M. L.’s Ebony Magazine Advice Column that was based upon the same values espoused by my family.

Empirical research studies in the social sciences point to family and marriage as the single most important factor in promoting economic justice, fighting poverty, and decreasing dependence on welfare. Perhaps President Obama has said it best. In his words, included in a letter that was published in Parade Magazine in June 2011: “We need families to raise our children. We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child – it’s the courage to raise one.”

In fact, this is the one area where I agree with President Obama, especially when he has cited the same research that is used by The Family In America to highlight the importance of family. Candidate Obama said in a speech in June 2008: “Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important…We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled – doubled – since we were children. We know the statistics – that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.”

Instead of spending time ridiculing those who advocate for the “child-rich, married-parent” family and for criticizing mothers and fathers who choose to “stay at home” with their children, perhaps the Inquirer should spend more time highlighting the solutions to poverty, drop-out rates, and crime.

Countless empirical studies point to the importance of marriage and having a Mommy and Daddy at home for every child. This is the American dream that my uncle had and it is deeply rooted in the natural family; where children are allowed to be born and raised by parents who understand the value of our most cherished resources, our children. So let us remember his words: “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

Dr. Alveda C. King
Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life
Founder, King for America






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