It is a blessing to pause today while on a book tour for the release of KING RULES to honor my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Aunt Coretta, both recipients of a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal, awarded today during a special ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
I can’t join my cousins King Center CEO, Dr. Bernice A. King; Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King today as they join with Speaker John A. Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), and other Senate and House leaders as they join in commemorating this historic occasion. I extend my prayers and best wished for this august occasion.
Responding to the announcement that her parents would receive the Congressional Gold Medal, Bernice, said “We are deeply honored that my father and mother, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, are being given this award in recognition of their tireless and sacrificial leadership to advance freedom and justice through nonviolence in our nation. It is fitting that the award will be presented by the U.S. Congress as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was a cornerstone reform on America’s journey to racial justice.”
For more than two centuries the Congressional Gold Medal has been one of the most distinguished honors bestowed by the Congress. Since 1776, the award has also been given to such diverse individuals as George Washington; Mother Theresa; Dorothy Height; Rosa Parks; Thomas Edison; Sen. Robert F. Kennedy; President Nelson Mandela; the Dalai Lama; Dr. Jonas Salk and many others.
This honor is fitting as it gives credence to the dream of not only Uncle ML and Aunt Coretta, but to our entire family. I believe that if they were here today, Uncle ML and Aunt Coretta would be happy that their family is proud of them.
In my book KING RULES, with my grandfather Daddy King, my father AD King and my Uncle MLK on the cover, I share memories of my uncle and our family. I too share the dream and in this 21st Century I pronounce – I too have a dream, that white people, and black people, all ethnic groups, all political wings, all human beings will unite in “The Beloved Community,” and honor the sanctity of all life, born and unborn.
I am blessed to know that there seems to be a new awakening across political lines that the sanctity of all life, marriage and family are called to a high yet not unreachable standard. For too long, there has been a great divide between America’s predominant political parties, confusing Civil Rights with moral preferences. It is encouraged to hear about progress for life and family across political lines.
It is with joy that I note a recent announcement from a democrat:
For example, African American Democrat Louisiana State Representative Katrina Jackson, the author of the state’s new law requiring abortionists to have local hospital admitting privileges, said in an interview, “The No. 1 genocide in the African-American community, and why we’re becoming a minority of minorities, is because most of our babies are dying in the womb from abortions.” She added, “I’m very passionate, especially when you’re looking at the African-American community, because those in the pro-choice community have been attempting to sell us on abortion being a way out for women who can’t afford to have their baby.”
It is time to break the chains.