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Dr. Alveda C. King: Judge by Content of Character, not Skin Color or Hoodies

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

MLK in Hoodie

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July 17, 2013

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While I salute the passion and creativity of artist Nikkolas Smith in reference to the image of MLK wearing a hoodie, I feel compelled to cry “foul, shame on you” to the media moguls and civil rights legends who want to stir up a controversy where there is none. I am not angered by the artistic expression. I am just plain hurt and saddened to see the message of my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reduced to a debate over an article of clothing. I would love to talk with artist Nikkolas about my uncle.

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963

My grandfather was always a meticulously dressed and well groomed man. He encouraged and actually insisted that his family follow his lead, because he was grooming us all to represent Jesus, our family and our community. Uncle M. L. and Daddy grew up to become leaders and did their best to honor and respect their father’s teachings. Like all humans, they sometimes fell short, but not for lack of trying.

I am no way suggesting that hoodies are a bad thing. The young folks in my family wear them. They are actually handy o\in the rain. Yet there are other ways to remember Dr. King. Perhaps most importantly that way would be found in his sermons and letters.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech in St. Louis, Missouri, March 22, 1964

As to the controversy, George Zimmerman seemingly never explored the content of Trayvon Martin’s character. Rather he identified and profiled Travon Martin according to Trayvon’s choice of attire which was a hoodie. We as African-Americans should never be racially profiled. We must advocate as Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated; for defining ourselves by the content of our character rather than according to the color of our skin or choice of attire. This should be the standard for every ethnic group, every family and every individual.

Unfortunately, the trial was about finding reasonable doubt in a murder case; as to what happened the night Zimmerman shot Trayvon. Reasonable doubt was established, and thus human justice was served in a human court of law. Yet, was everyone so concerned about serving man’s legal system that we forgot to serve God?

Sadly, the legal aspects of the trial were not about whether or not George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin. That issue now becomes a matter of civil rather than criminal law. The criminal legal process was not about hoodies and candy. It wasn’t even about smoking marijuana. By the way, two United States Presidents admit to having smoked marijuana as young men, one says he inhaled and one says he didn’t.

This leads me to wonder what kind of man Trayvon Martin would have become if he had been allowed to live.

By observing his parents during the time of his tragic and fatal shooting and this trial, I am sure that Trayvon would have turned out just fine. His parents have called for justice and peace during their suffering and loss throughout this entire ordeal. My prayers continue to go out to them.

In the final analysis, Trayvon Martin represented humanity, life and purpose as ordained by God for all persons, in and out of the womb; and he deserved not to be profiled; but rather regarded as a precious soul.

Trayvon wore a hoodie not because he was black, but because it was his choice of style for teens in this time in our society. His clothing should never have been a factor in defining him.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. was called to greatness, you, I and yes Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were called to greatness, purpose and the right to live in America. The difference is that MLK lived long enough to answer his call.

Trayvon was killed before he could live out his call and dream, which is buried with him. George Zimmerman made a decision that has changed his life as well.

Every human being is part of the one single human race. We are one blood; One race. We are Created with a dream inside, and when we are allowed to be born and to live out our God ordained lives, we have a chance to be great.

Would Martin Luther King, Jr. as a teenager wear a hoodie in the 21st Century? I may not think so, but who knows. Would Martin Luther King, Jr. weep at the tragic loss of the life and dream of Trayvon Martin, and the now deferred dream of George Zimmerman? Most likely.

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Gun Control? Knife Control? Bomb Control? or Heart Control?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one. But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. (Psalms 2:1, 2, 4 NLT)

Gun Control? Knife Control? Bomb Control? Now what? How about Heart Control?

When news of the recent Boston Marathon hit pro-life leader Dr. Johnny Hunter soon notified us that our prolife colleagues Dr. Haywood Robinson and wife Dr. Noreen Johnson were safe, even though Doc Robinson was approaching the finish line at the time of the explosion.

Grateful for the report, we continued to pray for the victims and their families. In the midst if it all, I remembered my previous warning about the futility of expecting gun control to cure the violence overtaking our nation.

People Wield Guns, Jesus Heals

By Alveda King
January 14, 2013

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” – John 18:10-11

We live in a fallen world, a seemingly nonsensical world.

It’s a world where people hold inviolate a “constitutional right” that doesn’t appear in the Constitution in order to permit abortion violence, yet are ready to trample upon a right that explicitly appears in the Constitution in order to try to stop gun violence.

There is no conceivable gun control law that could have stopped the horror of Sandy Hook – at least nothing short of confiscation. And confiscation would involve the government entering people’s homes without permission – a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment’s bar against unreasonable searches and seizures, not to mention the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

Still, people want to “do something.” I would suggest that we’re looking in the wrong place when we look at guns.

I know the horror of violence. Like many, I have lived through its trauma. I lost my uncle and grandmother to gun violence. But I also lost my father under suspicious circumstances that had nothing to do with guns. I lost childhood playmates not to guns, but to a bomb. My own house in Birmingham, in fact, was firebombed while I was in it . . .

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Years ago, a woman stabbed my Uncle ML in New York while he was there to preach with Dr. Billy Graham at Madison Square Garden. In her heart the woman disagreed with Rev. King’s message. Read John 8:37.

So now are we going to try to regulate bombs and/or materials that are used to make bombs?

I know that people become outrages when acts of violence mass killings are committed on our soil as do I. But my outrage is not restricted to those covered by the media. My outrage extends to the violent killing of each and every baby that is killed in an abortion mill in cities and towns all across America, all 4000 of them.

Here is the key – hearts must change if violence is to cease. Remember, Jesus didn’t take away Peter’s sword. Jesus spoke to Peter’s heart.

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Dr. Alveda King Remembers the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

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On this, the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail, his niece, Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, says her uncle’s letter applies just as profoundly today to abortion as it did in 1963 to segregation.

Alveda is joined by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life who today said: “Today, that letter still speaks. Just as it spoke in his day on behalf of those who suffered the violence of segregation, so now it speaks for those who suffer the violence of abortion.”

Alveda adds, “If Uncle M.L. were alive today, he would surely include the 21st century womb babies and their mothers in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” The atrocity of abortion in America has killed millions of human babies who are often considered to be property, chattels, and less than human.

“In his 1963 letter, he wrote that segregation ‘ends up relegating persons to the status of things.’ Change ‘segregation’ to ‘abortion’ and you have the year 2013.

“Jim Crow laws gave us the continuing dehumanization of African Americans, beatings, lynchings, and the Ku Klux Klan. Roe v. Wade has given us the dehumanization of unborn and, now, born babies, skull crushings, spine snippings. Consider Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia; the Planned Parenthood Chicago facility that killed Tonya Reaves; and all of the other hundreds of abortion providers and Planned Parenthood officials who can’t say whether fully born babies who survive abortions should be helped to live.

“In the Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Uncle M. L. noted that by their effort and example, early Christians ‘brought an end to such evils as infanticide’ in the Greco-Roman world. We now know, however, that the Greco-Roman world has been revived in abortion clinics across the land. Where the ancients would leave their unwanted babies to die of exposure, abortionists now leave their ‘mistakes’ to die in corners or closets – or worse.

My Uncle M.L. once wrote in 1953 that the most segregated hour in America is 11:00 am on Sunday because back then Blacks and Whites didn’t often worship together.

Fast forward to 2013, where minority mothers and our babies are targeted by abortion providers as the most vulnerable recipients of abortion in the name of women’s rights and solutions to poverty. Even Gosnell, whose defense lawyer said if women want Mayo Clinic standards they should go to Mayo Clinic, yes, even Gosnell’s House of Horrors had a slightly cleaner “White Only” surgical room, while Black women and their babies were butchered in a torture chamber in another section of the abortion mill. All the while, they all keep trying to hide the fact that all abortions are dangerous to a woman’s health, her baby’s life, and generally result in death and misery.

This all leads me to say that the most segregated place a woman can go today is an abortion mill! And no ludicrous references to a 1966 deceptive Planned Parenthood Award offered to MLK and accepted by his wife, not him, is going to trick people into believing that my uncle would condone slaughtering babies and damaging their mothers in the name of justice.

“Uncle M. L. even once asked: ‘How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: ‘An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The Reverend King was a man of God and a preacher of the Word. He sought a peace that was not just the absence of tension, but the presence of justice. He would agree that there can be no real peace in a society that tolerates injustice. He would most certainly agree that the taking of innocent lives is a horrible injustice. There is no doubt that just as my Uncle M.L. called America’s clergy to awaken 50 years ago to the moral transgression of segregation, he would today sound out a call for a moral awakening and urge all Americans and indeed all human beings around the world today to awaken to the grievous wrong of abortion, and the subsequent devastation of natural marriage and family.”

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Remembering Uncle M. L.: Alveda King reflects on the death of the Dreamer

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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Forty-five years ago today, my Uncle M.L., the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered by an assassin’s bullet. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if that shot had never been fired; what our nation would be like if that bullet had missed. Many are the times I wish he were here.

But though Uncle M.L. is no longer with us on earth, his voice lives on in the words he used to change our nation in the cause of justice.

We are a more just society today because of Martin Luther King, Jr. Not because he brought new ideas into the public consciousness, but because he reminded us of fundamental, eternal truths – truths that needed to be restated and lived out. He once asked and answered this question: “How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust?” He went on to explain:

“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: ‘An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

These timeless truths must be restated again today.

Remember Reverend Martin Luther King – let us not forget that he was an ordained Baptist minister and preacher of the Word of God – taught that we are to respect the law. But he also taught that there is a law higher than man’s. There are no commands more deserving of obedience than God’s.

Those commands caused Uncle M. L. to look beyond city ordinances, state statutes, or even federal law for guidance. He believed that those ordinances, statutes, and laws were to be respected, but that they were to be weighed against God’s law or what some would term natural law to determine if they were just.

The same is true today. But some still look to themselves to determine right and wrong.

We are told by the Obama administration that it is “unjust” that women should have to buy their own birth control pills, so everyone else must reach into their pockets to pay for them.

We are told by abortion advocates that it is “unjust” that some women cannot afford to abort their babies, so tax dollars must be used to finance the killing of those children.

We are told by same-sex “marriage” advocates that it is “unjust” that men cannot marry other men and women cannot marry other women, so 2,000 years of wisdom must be abandoned.

And yet, the Bible tells us that human life is sacred. We are thereby to choose life over abortion. The Bible teaches us that natural marriage between one man and one woman is part of the procreative process. We are thereby compelled to choose holy and procreative matrimony.

In forgetting our heritage, in distancing ourselves from God’s moral rules, we are doing Uncle M. L. a disservice, and we are in danger of coming face to face with disaster. So, in remembering Uncle M. L. today, I urge America and the world to remember that he was a servant of God who, though imperfect, tried to point people to the truth.

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Pro-Life Leaders Will Hold Press Conference Concerning Gosnell Murder Trial Developments

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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I’m in Atlanta with family preparing to commemorate April 4 memorial to MLK death, while my friends Rev. Clenard Childress and THE VISION co-host Dr. Day Gardner are in Philadelphia reporting on the Kermit Gosnell trial that the mainstream media is virtually ignoring. They know that coverage of this trial would expose how horrific and unjust abortion really is. We all need to work together to make sure that all life affirming laws are just and moral laws. Then they are to be enforced and upheld. Finally, more life affirming laws must be passed.

As my Uncle ML once said, “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

Roe v. Wade is as unjust as they get. We need to reverse it if we are to ever expect our “prayer” of “God bless America” to ever be answered. It’s said so often at the end of political speeches while those saying it vote for unjust laws. It doesn’t make any sense.

Please share the information about the press conference and ask your local papers and stations to cover it.

Press Release

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700
Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034,
info.operationrescue@gmail.com; both with Operation Rescue

PHILADELPHIA, April 3, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — A press conference will be held by Dr. Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union, Rev. Dr. Clenard Childress, Jr., Founder of BlackGenocide.org, Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue, and others on Thursday, April 4, to comment on the latest developments in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial. Dr. Gardner and Mrs. Sullenger have attended the trial this week.

Gosnell is accused of the first degree murder of seven live newborns by snipping their spinal cords with scissors and the third degree murder of abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar at his “House of Horrors” abortion clinic in West Philadelphia.

Press Conference Details

When: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Noon
Where: The Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice
1301 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Why: Comment on the Kermit Gosnell murder trial

Day GardnerDr. Day Gardner is the founder and President of The National Black Pro Life Union, Associate Director of National Pro Life Center on Capitol Hill and an executive member of the National Clergy Council. She made history when, as Miss Delaware, she became the first black woman to be named as a semi-finalist of the internationally renowned Miss America Pageant, breaking through numerous racial and stereotypical roadblocks for others to follow. She is an outspoken advocate on life issues.

Rev. Clenard ChildressRev. Dr. Clenard Childress, Jr. is a noted community activist, author, and speaker. In 2002, he birthed the Pro-life website Blackgenocide.org. This website was designed to reach the Afro-American Community with the truth about abortion. Pastor Childress is also a member of the National Pro-Life Religious Council of Washington, DC.

cherylsullenger-spaCheryl Sullenger is Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue who writes extensively on abortion abuses. Her complaints filed against abortionists around the nation have brought to light the illegal activity and substandard practices that are pervasive throughout the abortion industry.

“The Gosnell trial is exposing the shoddy nature of the abortion cartel like never before and the shocking truth of how the black community is particularly targeted for abortion. While not every clinic duplicates Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors,’ there are aspects of his appalling practices present in nearly every abortion clinic in the country,” said Sullenger.

Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America.

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The NAACP Threatens Legal Action Against The Radiance Foundation

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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By The Radiance Foundation

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Washington (Feb 6, 2013) The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is falsely accusing The Radiance Foundation and its chief creative officer, Ryan Bomberger of “trademark infringement” over an ad campaign that exposes the NAACP’s pro-abortion position.

In response, Radiance and Bomberger, who is black, has asked a federal court to declare that the First Amendment protects their exercise of free speech and that their speech does not infringe on any of the NAACP’s trademarks or other rights. The lawsuit does not seek any damages.

Bomberger has written for several years about the NAACP’s pro-abortion actions, satirically referring to the organization as the “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People.”

“It is ironic that a black man is being sued by the nation’s oldest civil rights group for exercising his most basic civil right—the freedom of speech,” said Bomberger. “This threat of legal action from the NAACP is nothing more than a multi-million dollar organization’s attempt to bully someone who’s simply telling the truth. Our inner-cities are crumbling, two-parent married families barely exist, 72.3 percent of our children are born into homes without fathers, and the NAACP wants to silence me for pointing out its support of abortion.”

Planned Parenthood co-sponsors the NAACP’s annual conventions, and the NAACP has shown its support of the nation’s largest abortion chain by frequently defending it.

Former NAACP President Julian Bond once spoke at a dinner for NARAL and praised the fact that black women have high abortion rates.

Sixty percent of viable black pregnancies are aborted in New York City, the home of NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Statistics show that more black babies are aborted in New York City than are born alive: 1,489 black babies are aborted for every 1,000 born alive.

To educate the public, Bomberger, an adoptee and adoptive father, created the www.TooManyAborted.com abortion awareness campaign. The public ad campaign was the first to expose the eugenic racism that gave birth to Planned Parenthood and the tragic alliance that exists between the nation’s oldest civil rights group and the nation’s abortion giant.

Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Charles M. Allen with the Glen Allen, Va. firm Goodman, Allen & Filetti PLLC filed Friday in U.S. District Court in The Radiance Foundation v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division.

“The Radiance Foundation has no intentions of being silenced by those who disagree with the facts,” Bomberger declares.

For media inquiries, please call 1-877-517-4463 or email media@theradiancefoundation.org.

To download the original letter from tne NAACP or the Complaint filed by The Radiance Foundation visit http://www.theradiancefoundation.org/naacp/

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Fr. Frank Pavone Urges Americans to Recall Abortion in Sermon at National Memorial for the Preborn

Monday, January 28th, 2013

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Date: January 25, 2013

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Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today delivered his sermon Recall Abortion at the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

Excerpts from the sermon, which was given before pro-lifers gathered on the Mall for today’s March for Life, follow. For the complete text, please go HERE

We recall abortion today.

We recall the most destructive decision and costly error ever made by a human authority, the Roe vs. Wade decision.

We recall what abortion is, because in Christ we have the courage to both face the truth and call things by their proper name.

We recall, and must recall to others, what the abortionists themselves admit about abortion, that it is dismemberment and decapitation, that it tears children apart and brings out the skull in fragments rather than as a unified piece.

Brothers and sisters, if abortion can be called right, if it can in the least way be tolerated, then –

We are not our brother’s keeper after all.

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Therefore the Christian Church must rise up to meet this hour. We must rise up, we must speak up, we must act up.

We must make it clear to those in our midst who are tempted to abort their child that we recall them, that we recall their confusion and despair, and are ready to meet it with compassion and hope.

We must make it clear to those in our midst who every day recall the child they aborted and recall their grief and pain, that we recall them, too, and that we have good news for them, that we have someone to introduce them to, that we have a Savior who lifts us up out of the darkest sin, and that his name is Jesus Christ.

We must recall mothers and fathers and families to their original dignity.

We must recall to their proper status the children in the womb.

We must recall the medical profession to its proper and noble role: healers of life, not takers of life.

We must recall the government to its fundamental role: to protect the rights God has given us, not to be a god over us.

We must recall public servants to their fundamental duties. We need public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public. And if they don’t, they do not belong in public office.

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We recall the Church to acknowledge, furthermore, the sacrifice it is going to take to end abortion. We have been promised trouble in this world, and we know trouble comes when we address abortion.

When we speak about it in Church, we’re told it’s too political.
When we speak about it in politics, we’re told it’s too religious.
In the world of media the topic is too disturbing.
In the world of business it’s too distracting.
In the world of education it’s too controversial.
In the streets it’s too disruptive.

So if abortion is wrong, where do we go to say so?
We go into the Churches, into politics, into the media, into the business world, into education, and into the streets!

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When faced with trouble and opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded the civil rights activists that no dogs were going to turn them around, no water hoses were going to turn them around, no police clubs or jail sentences were going to turn them around, and no injunction were going to turn them around.

And I say to you today in the pro-life movement: no Planned Parenthood is going to turn us around, no biased media is going to turn us around, no HHS mandate is going to turn us around, and no Obama administration is going to turn us around.
It’s been forty years. The Promised Land is in front of us! And we are going to enter it together!

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Birthday Message

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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I’m 62 years and 9 months old today. Read about my Granddaddy’ vision and my miracle birth HERE

Also check out King Family baby pictures in our new book HERE or HERE

Thanks be to God. “This is the day that The Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

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Pro-life Concerns Mentioned at King Memorial

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Priests for Life

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Date: January 21, 2013

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ATLANTA, GA. — Having just returned from the 45th Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement:

“I was pleased to join with the King family once again today in honoring the memory and recommitting ourselves to the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In particular, Elder Bernice King, Martin’s daughter, made reference to the fact that Dr. King was not just speaking for the Negro, but ‘for all marginalized people,’ and she referred to the need to affirm the ‘personhood’ of all.

“The keynote speaker, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, made this even more explicit when he said that living out the dream of Dr. King, and seeking justice, require that we end violence ‘in and outside the womb’ and that part of the cry of justice today is to ‘defend life.’

“On this holiday in honor of Dr. King, I want to again bring attention to the statement, The Beloved Community and the Unborn, signed by several members of the King family. And on this eve of the completion of 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, may we all recommit ourselves to the dream that one day our unborn brothers and sisters will be able to say, Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Little Children’s MLK Questions

Friday, January 18th, 2013

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And Jesus said, “let the children come.”

I spoke at a local school today for MLK Day. I couldn’t help thinking about the irony of being sanctioned for saying he was a preacher. The children asked “how did he become a preacher” so I gave the history of five generations of King-Williams legacy preachers, of which Uncle ML is most noted.

Learn more about our legacy in our King Family Tribute.

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