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Evangelist Alveda King urges: “MLK’s Dream Needs Help from God.”

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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“I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain top. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The world seems to have forgotten what Martin Luther King, Jr. knew; we need God’s help” said Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life and niece of MLK. “Pray for President Trump, America, and the World. We must return to God.”

Yesterday, in the midst of planning to honor the MLK DREAM with a new Initiative, the Christian Evangelist woke up to the news that Reba McEntire and Lauren Daigle sang ‘Back to God’ at the 2017 ACM Awards. Evangelist King agrees that “as people of One Blood, we must repent, Pray and Unite. “Back to God’ was just the right direction for the times.

170404 blog image2“Today, April 4, 2017 marks the 49th Anniversary of the death of my Uncle. It is fitting therefore to call for the initial “A Time of Love and Reconciliation” which is being read by talk radio hosts of all political leanings drawing attention to H.R. 194 (110th), a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 29, 2008 that “apologize[d] to African Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow” and “express[ed] its commitment to rectify the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African Americans under slavery and Jim Crow and to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future.”

It’s an appropriate tribute to MLK’s 49th anniversary of his life and legacy. If he were here today, I believe he would agree with Ted Hays, leader of Heal America Collaborative, Reba and Lauren, and yes, me, and prayerfully lead people everywhere to return back to God,” urges Evangelist King.

“In the midst of life’s challenges; racism, war, poverty, human trafficking, abortion violence and evil of every kind; in order to escape the abyss, we need help from God to fulfill Uncle M. L.’s dream today! On this MLK Anniversary, as we join activist Ted Hayes with the launch of A Time of Love and Reconciliation,” God’s Word – “Return to Me” – is resonating across the atmospheres; reaching into the darkness and awakening a heavenly fire and light that cannot and will not be denied.

I’m honored to have my new book from Elijah List added to the cause; “AMERICA RETURN TO GOD” in proclaiming the very same message. If the Dream of my Uncle Martin Luther King, Jr. is to be fully received, we must return to, we must come back to God.

“My wayward children,” says the LORD, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.”

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Community Activists Call Attention to Government’s Apology for Slavery and Jim Crowism

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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Contact: Ted Hayes
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Activists, Talk Radio Hosts Hold “Day of Love & Reconciliation For Healing”

Not Knowing Government’s Act of Contrition and Good Faith Keeps the Races Apart, Say Organizers

Year-Long Campaign Begins on Eve of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Assassination Anniversary With Goal of Creating National Awareness of Government Apology for Slavery, Institutional Discrimination by 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death

Los Angeles, CA – In an effort to promote racial healing, talk radio hosts nationwide are teaming with community and civil rights activists on Monday, April 3, 2017 to begin a campaign aimed at drawing attention to the federal government’s recent but largely forgotten acknowledgement of and apology for slavery and subsequent discriminatory policies.

“In 2008, Congress made history by officially apologizing for chattel slavery in the United States and the subsequent Jim Crowism that plagued black people after emancipation. Everyone knew about the poor treatment, but few know about the rare act of contrition by our government and its intention to heal our nation,” said community activist Ted Hayes, a key organizer of the Day of Love and Reconciliation for Healing. “In my own experience, people knowing that this apology happened goes a long way in changing the minds of people holding negative opinions about America because of its treatment of the black community.”

This year-long effort begins with the April 3 Day of Love and Reconciliation For Healing. Hayes and others will work with talk radio hosts of all political leanings to draw attention to HR 194, a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 29, 2008 that “apologize[d] to African Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow” and “expresse[d] its commitment to rectify the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African Americans under slavery and Jim Crow and to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future” A similar resolution was passed by the U.S. Senate almost a year later.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hres194/text

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061803877.html

This congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crowism constitutes one of only a handful of times the U.S. government formally apologized for past actions. In doing so, Congress finally and formally acknowledged (describing devastating effects of what happened), apologized for and sought to improve upon that state of black American in the wake of chattel slavery and generations of discriminatory Jim Crow laws.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-times-united-states-officially-apologized-180959254/

This national acknowledgement of the apology was initiated by Hayes, a community activist, and talk radio show hosts– Mike Seigel and C.L. Bryant. They are joined by civil rights activist Reverend Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 3 is the day before the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968, and this campaign to promote awareness of the congressional apology aims to inform as many Americans as possible in the year before the 50th anniversary observance of Dr. King’s death.

It is the hopes of the organizers that talk radio hosts and their audiences will read and discuss the content and the meaning of the congressional apology for slavery.

Organizers note this official act, made just prior to the election of the nation’s first black president, has been mistakenly overlooked. Increased knowledge of it, they point out, can significantly change the dynamics in the national narrative of race relations.

Hayes said: “We are hoping that this year-long campaign that begins on April 3 and culminates on the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s departure from our earthly plane will provide us the opportunity to finally address the race matters in a more balanced, hopeful way. When I have personally enlightened people about the fact that the government has apologized and committed itself to working with the descendants of those who were once enslaved, it changes their perspective and helps our society heal.”

Talk radio hosts participating in this event are asked to read all or portions of the resolution and invite callers to share their reactions about it. Hosts are encouraged to discuss how this may alter their opinions about race relations and how they might bring this up at their churches or community gatherings. In particular, for those in districts represented by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, they may wish to engage with local lawmakers about how the resolution impacts their constituents.

Talk radio hosts interested in participating in the April 3 Day of Love and Reconciliation For Healing, or participating at a later date, are encouraged to contact Ted Hayes by phone at (424) 248-4219 or by email apologyforgiven@gmail.com. The same contact information should be used for requesting surrogate guests.

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Evangelist Alveda King: Pro-abortion Race Baiters, Bible Baiters and Sexists Must Cease and Desist

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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Atlanta, GA — In an effort to address current “hot topics” during Black History Month, Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn released the following opinion:

“The matter of Senator Elizabeth Warren invoking the persona of a civil rights icon to make a point is just the most recently noticed form of tricky political ploys. It’s bad enough that Senator Warren’s voice was silenced while her male counterparts were allowed to speak; apparently by a collaborative approach across the isles.

“That sexist moment in and of itself is questionable, invoking shades of duplicity over the ongoing battle to define women’s rights. Then there’s the nasty sting of both Bible baiting and race baiting.

“Race baiting according to Merriam-Webster, is “the unfair use of statements about race to try to influence the actions or attitudes of a particular group of people.” Race bating, using the vantage point of skin color or ethnicity as an emotional trigger to stir up the public and distract people from reasonably understanding and responding to pertinent issues at hand is a deceptive and counterproductive political practice.

“Another equally dangerous distraction that is used to distract the American people is “Bible baiting.” Similar to race baiting, Bible bating takes scriptural context and twists it around to fit a particular political message. Both are deadly traps, enemies to civil rights and human rights.

“In the meantime, it’s important to resist shutting down honest conversations about racism, sexism and religion while confronting the problem of using such conversations for manipulation of questionable agendas. At the end of the day, we want to use nonviolent conflict resolution strategies to combat the triple evils, not feed them.

“For at least the last four decades or so, race baiting, Bible baiting and sexism have been used to distract the American people from the plague that has had the greatest negative impact on human life – abortion. Below are race related quotes from several politicians. Those quoted below espouse either pro-abortion or prolife platforms. Each has intentionally or unintentionally played “the race card” in using their chosen emotionally charged words to make a point in the conversations below.

“Some of these quotes are from Democrats, some are from Republicans. Most of these cited have apologized for their words once they were published. The quotes are cited simply as examples from just a handful among thousands of political remarks that have resulted in racial tension and disharmony.

“They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) to a largely African American audience during a campaign stop in 2012

“…so it’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail. And I hope, I hope and I say this seriously I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he is an African-American.” – Former Senator Harry Reid (D) in 2013 on Congressional Republicans’ opposition to President Obama’s agenda

“Loretta Lynch is asked to sit at the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar.” – Senator Dick Durbin (D) speaking in 2015 on the delay of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation to be Attorney General

“There isn’t enough racism in America to Justify the Voting Rights Act.” – Chief Justice John Roberts speaking from SCOTUS chair in 2013

“I used to own – my father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.” – U.S. Representative Don Young (R) in a 2013 radio interview

“In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) in 2007

“[Obama has a] light skinned appearance and speaking patters with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” – Senator Harry Reid (D) 2010 comments

“Each of these quotes, in their own way, caused political firestorms. Enough is enough! Today we are calling on a “cease fire” of using race, sexism and religion as emotional fodder to adversely stir the hearts and distract the minds of the people of America from the issues at hand.

“Across the congressional isles, race baiting, Bible baiting and sexism have clouded one of the major civil rights issues of our times – the right to be born. People become so distracted by the racial, gender and religious posturing that they forget just how many Americans are dying from abortion, sickness, poverty, violence and other forms of genocide and eugenics in our nation.

“For years liberals and progressives have skillfully appealed to the Black communities, vying for the African American vote while maintaining that abortion is good for blacks and, conversely, that those who are pro-life are somehow anti-African American. They have alleged that the Hyde Amendment, for instance, is inherently racist and that those who support it must be the same. It’s one of those race baiting charges that makes no sense.

“For example: When Congress held a hearing last year on the Hyde Amendment and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen couldn’t resist playing the race card. He started by saying, “Controlling women’s reproductive processes has been something that men have done for years, or tried to do,” then moved on to add, ”And women since the days of slavery were very much encouraged to have children, because that was good, because you needed lots of more property to bring the crops to make the money.”

“So, as the Congressman not so subtly inferred, if you don’t want your tax dollars to pay for the dismemberment of low-income mothers’ unborn children – or any unborn children for that matter – you must be like 19th century slave owners. In short, you must be a racist. Really? Twisted attempt to pervert justice.

“Think about it. Why would Congressman Cohen’s imagined “racist” want more people of color to be born? Wouldn’t a racist want there to be fewer African Americans and Latinos?

“Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, certainly would want fewer poor people around. Sanger, who happily spoke to a women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan and received invitations to speak to a dozen more, said, “Birth control… means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks – those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.” Clearly a big government fan, she proposed, “No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit….”

“Mrs. Sanger was a progressive in her era and she would be a progressive today, supporting the race baiters and calling for an end to the Hyde Amendment. She wanted fewer of those she called “unfit.” She wanted what she called “a cleaner race.”

“However, God’s Word teaches us that there is no “cleaner” or more “fit” race, only one human race. “He made from one blood every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth…. (Acts 17:26)”

“It’s time that we stop allowing ourselves to be divided. Those who use ethnicity, skin color, political preference, religion, income, gender, physical ability or lack of such, or any other classification to divide our communities for their own political gain ultimately do not care for us. They care for themselves and their power.

“The next time a self-proclaimed progressive from any political party uses sexism, Bible baiting or race baiting to say that abortion benefits the African American community ask how the termination of 17 million black babies since 1973 helps anyone. You might be called a devil and a racist for asking, but those 17 million saints in heaven will call you friend.

“Finally, this precautionary warning regarding Bible baiting, race baiting and sexism should by no means preclude healthy discussions that would bring an end to these triple evils. Let’s not shut the conversation down. Instead let’s dig deeper.

“In doing so, Let us each pray; then continue to purpose within our own heart to examine our motives and act for the highest good.”

“Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.” – 1 Corinthians 11:28 MSG

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Evangelist Alveda King: Moynihan Prophecy Self-Fulfilled, The Race Issue is Smack in our Faces

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Friends, you may have recently seen me on TV discussing race relations. https://grabien.com/file.php?id=101171 and http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/5103503038001/dr-aveda-king-colin-kaepernick-protest-is-very-disturbing

You surely have heard my reminders that color blindness is a medical and spiritual condition requiring restoration of sight; and that being of separate races is a lie. We are one blood/one human race! [Acts 17:26] Also, you may have heard me say that “White Privilege” hurts not just Blacks, but every ethnicity and all of America. There are many working class Caucasians and all ethnic groups who are victims of the same unfair lending, housing and other disparities that are holding Blacks hostage in urban cities. It’s no longer just about skin color.

Here below is more information on the subject. The race issue is smack in the middle of the abortion crisis, the presidential elections and so much more. Let’s pray for truth and understanding to break every chain!

Research on One Blood and America’s flawed system:

An excellent tool for understanding America’s flawed system is to get acquainted with these thinkers through their videos.

 

  1. Debby Irving: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD5Ox5XNEpg. The entire video is EXCELLENT, try to watch the whole thing,  The exact information you and I were discussing starts at the 6:30 mark.
  2. Historian Jacqueline Battalora: Traces the creation of white privilege in some of the earliest recorded laws in America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riVAuC0dnP4
  3. Dorothy Roberts: Brilliant legal scholar, discusses the modern perpetuation of the myth of biological race through social propaganda dressed up as science. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydj9yOR_0qE
  4. The Negro Family: The Case For National Action (known as the Moynihan Report, 1965) was written by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an American sociologist serving as Assistant Secretary of Labor under President Lyndon B. Johnson of the United States. His report focused on the deep roots of block poverty in the United States. http://www.blackpast.org/primary/moynihan-report-1965
  5. Some bullet points:
  • • 19th Century GI Bill selective lending practices were designed to advance some and limit others.
  • • In the patriarchal system of America and most of the world, the forced Black Matriarchal system crippled the Black Men of America.
  • • America’s Welfare System should have been a Workfare System, allowing participants to invest in their futures with empowerment rather than handouts. Forcing the fathers out of their families amplified the problems.
  • • Creation of privatization of US prisons and flooding them with Blacks hurt not only the African American Community, but the nation as a whole.
  • • Flooding the nations with cheap labor from outside, and forcing industry overseas with excessive tax penalties hurt the working classes of America, disproportionately Black families.

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Amidst France Terror; Rumors of a “Day of Rage,” Evangelist Alveda King Calls for Acts of Love, Repentance and Kindness; Unity of “One Blood.”

Friday, July 15th, 2016

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Atlanta, GA. Today, in France, across America and around the world, we are mourning, grieving, yet trusting in God. In Nice, France, 84 fallen by terrorist attacks. In America there will be memorial services for men who lost their lives in an American tragedy last week.

There are rumors of more rage filled protests, and there are rumblings of prayer and praise abounding. We mourn with the families of the deceased and implore Americans and people of faith in God around the world to unite as the Acts 17:26 “one blood” in repentance, love, unity and kindness to avert more violence and bloodshed; for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness from the womb to the tomb.

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A Call for Peace On The Million Man Anniversary

Friday, October 16th, 2015

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It’s been 20 years since the Million Man March called Black men to Washington, DC for a “day of atonement.” The eyes of the world were on what for many was hoped to be the next great March on Washington, picking up on the dream MLK unwrapped in 1963.

So, last week, nearly 20 years later, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Pastor Jeremiah Wright and others again drew crowds to Washington, D.C., under the banner “justice or else.”

Or else what? And even better, we should all ask: “What’s next?

In an open letter to Pope Francis, I recently asked these questions:

Can a Gentile love a Jew? Can a Muslim love a Christian? Is a baby in the womb a person? What is the meaning of love? Is sin a dirty word? Do we have to be filthy rich to be happy? Can the Lion really lie down with the Lamb? The point is, how do we find peace?

In two decades, many have forgotten the goal of reconciliation and given over to implied threats. Not to make light of the frustrations beleaguering the African American community, our nation and indeed the world, we must continue to teach and live out nonviolent solutions to our problems.

For example, just last week, my mother suffered a violent carjacking attack while attempting entry into her gated community. In her own words, she “was not scared or angry” at her young attacker,” she was “frustrated by the misguided effort” to take her property using physical force. In an open letter, she encouraged him to seek Jesus and nonviolence in order to fulfill his destiny.

The very next day, my Pastor and mentor of 28 years, Allen McNair, founder of Believers’ Bible Christian Church passed away. During his lifetime, he taught and demonstrated that the best way to encourage, assist and transform “Black America,” our communities, our cities, the nation and the world is with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

My father, Rev. A.D. King; my grandfather, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr.; and my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood at the forefront of the cause of basic human rights. In spite of horrible violence perpetrated against them and other African Americans, they held fast to the truth that “hate is too great a burden to bear.” They fought on a platform of love, the one power that can overcome hate.

One of the attendees in the crowd 20 years ago was Barack Obama. He became President.

Today, Dr. Ben Carson is s leading candidates to replace the President. What was unthinkable in terms of race relations for the early decades of my life is now not only acceptable, but the new norm.

The lasting impact of the King Family Legacy is that we seek the way to lasting progress and change through love, not hate. Uncle M. L. once wrote: “Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and as difficult as it is, we will still love you.”

Having survived the bombing of my family home in Birmingham, believe me, I understand the difficulty of what he said. Having lived through decades of enormous advances in harmony between blacks, whites, and others in this country, I understand the correctness of what he said.

His timeless appeal still works with profound and amazing success.

Love builds. Hate destroys.

What is also obvious, however, is that of late we have seen instances of terrible injustices committed against African American men by police officers. We have also seen for years the ongoing injustice of black-on-black crime, an occurrence of which my own mother experienced a few days ago. Our response to this violence, though, should not be to take action that destroys our neighborhoods or tears down our social structures.

Our response should always be to pursue positive change. We need not be passive – the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was anything but passive!

To be effective and have a lasting impact, our actions must be rooted in love and respect for all. To lash out may be immediately satisfying, but vengeance is not only futile, it’s contagious.

When I heard a speaker at this year’s “justice or else” event chanting, “Down, down, USA!” it saddened me terribly. Not only was this speaker destructive, she was just plain wrong.

As one who sincerely prays for the peace of Jerusalem, which would ultimately lead to reconciliation among the natural and spiritual sons of Abraham, I am concerned about the lack of peaceful negotiations among the factions.

Our nation faces many trials. As the Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, I’m particularly grieved by our trampling of the civil rights of the unborn. But the United States has proven over and over again that, having been founded on righteous principles, we can ultimately only achieve justice by lifting up those principles, not tearing them down.

As Americans, members of the human family of Acts17:26, let us begin to meet our challenges by recognizing that each one of us, regardless of our station in life or our stage of life, is entitled to respect. Let each one of us, regardless of our color or ethnicity or even religious understanding, show concern for each other’s wellbeing.

Most of all let us love one another. That was my uncle’s dream, our family’s dream. It’s still rooted in the American Dream today.

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Liberal Race Baiting is Tired, Sagging and Outdated

Monday, June 8th, 2015
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For decades, the liberal camp has stirred up the emotions of the African American Community with reminders of our victimization from first slavery and then segregation and racism. Yet, in the midst of all our oppression, we have always managed to rise to the surface, and even ascend to the peaks of promise, stepping over the boulders of despair that would try to hold us back.

My grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. often quoted his mentor Dr. Benjamin E. Mays. During his lifetime, Dr. Mays was President of Morehouse College in Atlanta. Many of the men of our family, including Daddy AD King and Uncle ML King, like Granddaddy, are “Morehouse Men.”

Dr. Mays would say: “No one can ride your back unless it is bent.” Granddaddy always taught us to “stand up straight and walk tall because God is on our side.”

When I hear Mrs. Senator Hillary Clinton or Mrs. Michelle Obama, or Al Sharpton, or other leading speakers stir up memories of racial unrest and oppression, even when they are pointing out the obvious current racial overtones and undertones that Blacks in America are still facing, I don’t hear hope. They don’t offer solutions, only more anger, pain and despair.

As a survivor of the 20th Century Race Wars, my back remains unbent, and I move forward for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all who were created equal in God’s eyes.

In my book KING RULES, I write about the “Beloved Community” our legacy embraces. I write about Acts 17:26, where we discover that the human race is born of “one blood.” So we are not even “separate races.” This reminds us that what Uncle ML said is true: “We must all learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.”

Please, someone, remind speakers like Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Clinton that the answer to racial strife and confusion, in fact to all human issues, will always be love and nonviolent conflict resolution.

Kitchen table issues affect the rich and the poor alike. How will we feed our families, how will we educate our children, how will we manage successful career strategies, how will we improve our quality of life? It doesn’t matter how much we are able to pay for these benefits. The American Dream is that everyone will have some form of satisfaction, free from fear of danger, poverty and harm.

We still have a dream, The American Dream.

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Alveda King to Baltimore Mayor: My dear Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Monday, April 27th, 2015

 

Your invitation to “give space for those who want to destroy” is unbelievable. This interpretation of rights to free speech is dangerous Ma’am.

In 1963, my father Rev. AD King, after the firebombing of our home in Birmingham, Alabama, urged hostile protestors to abandon violence and turn to God in prayer instead. Thank God they listened to him, and the even greater voice of his brother, my Uncle MLK, during those turbulent days.

Now, you are inviting violence to your city? Who, Ma’am, will incur the moral and economic costs of picking up the pieces? The innocent taxpayers?

We at www.restorethedream2015.com are very concerned. Ma’am, people are not entitled to pillage and destroy. That is just plain wrong. Our affiliates on the ground in Baltimore are willing to help quell the violent tide. And make no mistake about it; something must be done to save our cities.

How did we get here? Where do we go now? Think about this: Baltimore 1965 vs. Baltimore 2015, compare and contrast:

1. Money spent on public schools then vs. now.
2. Amount spent on social welfare payments then vs. now.
3. The size of Government Bureaucracy then vs. now.
4. The number of black elected officials then vs. now.
5. Number of black children born in Baltimore to an intact nuclear family.
6. Number of Black lives MIA by abortion and incarceration.

If you look at all six questions/comparisons what you will see is the only statistics to have decreased (1965 to 2015) is the number of black children born in intact nuclear families.

Something is wrong. We must stop the killing and advance the healing now!

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Looking Towards Ferguson: Heart Heavy Yet Hopeful

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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It seems that I will be in Ferguson soon. Two of my MLK cousins and many friends preceded me. We have all been in prayer for many days. I don’t know if you read my earlier blogs and reports, but the message was consistent from the beginning… Know Peace, Know Justice.

I’ve put together a couple of graphics that begin to approach how one can be burdened with a heavy heart, yet hopeful at the same time. I know that justice is called for. My heart grieves with the families who have lost their children at this time. Many reports are flooding in from around the nation and land from families whose tragedies aren’t “on the news”, yet they are weeping all the same.

A dear friend has lost a niece and her baby, who were killed and their bodies burned in a family dispute. How devastating.

Some people won’t understand why I include the families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, James Foley, LaKisha Wilson, Tonya Reaves, my friend’s burned relatives, and all who are victims of human trafficking, war, poverty, and on and on and on in the same prayer. This isn’t a time for accusing people. This is a time for repenting, forgiving and seeking peace so that justice can prevail.

Please take a look and listen to a song my assistant Eugene brought to my attention, along with a scripture my publicist brought to me this week.

“See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all…And may the God of peace keep us pure…

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God bless you. You pray for me and I will surely pray for you. Peace and Love. Grieving but believing, Alveda.

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DONALD STERLING’S WINGS ARE CLIPPED

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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It has been amply stated and often proven that pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before stumbling. Donald Sterling’s jealous rage and pride in his skin color have left him in disgrace. All of his money and all of his minions cannot undo the destruction he has brought upon himself and his reputation.

All is not lost for Mr. Sterling, though. There is hope for him just as there is for all of us who have stumbled in one way or another. Hope begins with humility, a humility that causes us to see just how fallen and broken we are and how much we need God.

Jealousy blinds our senses and distorts our reason. Pride causes us to believe we are better than others, sometimes that we are above God. It’s what led Adam and Eve to sin.

Jealousy and pride have led Donald Sterling to allow his mistress to bait him hook, line, and sinker. How many men have found themselves slammed to destruction over a pretty face and a racist heart? In the gone but not forgotten days of slavery, we found fatal triangles such as the beleaguered Clippers owner is entangled in today. A scorned wife, a tricky mistress, money and racism! Wow!

Yes, like countless others, Mr. Sterling has discovered that his money is not God; his passion is marred with lust; and the world that seemed to love and revere him is fickle.

Pride deceived Mr. Sterling into puffing himself up by looking down his nose at those he considers to be beneath him. Never mind the tawny, beautiful, honey colored mistress who was found in that same position only to rise up and bury a dagger in his back.

All too often, jealousy, greed, and pride allow our society to discriminate against an entire class of people – in this case, skin color is the issue. I wouldn’t be true to my calling though, if I didn’t remember that the unborn – because they’re small, dependent, and helpless – are also a part of the looming presence of The Elephant – Discrimination – in the bedrooms and boardrooms across America and the world.

We don’t want to be reminded that we’re small, dependent, and helpless – it offends our pride. So we pretend that some “classes” of people like Blacks, or the unborn, for example, are… well… different.

My Uncle M.L. spoke of building a loving community. As a man of God, he understood that love has to be the foundation for any meaningful transformation of society or individuals. He knew that love changes the heart from prideful to humble so that we see our own brokenness. He knew that a loving community has compassion for all of its members, not just those who are like “us.”

Donald Sterling has presented us with a teachable moment; a time when we may consider Uncle M.L.’s words and his life and work for a more loving community.

It’s also a prayerful moment.

My Uncle M.L. and his brother AD King, my father, died for raising the alarm over racial discrimination and inequity in America. The force of racism remains alive today, in bedrooms, boardrooms and in the wombs of mothers. It is time to face the truth and slay the beast.

Donald Sterling is rich enough and famous enough to catch the eye of the media. Yet, he is just the tip of the iceberg, the festering proof of a splintered society.

Let’s pray for Donald Sterling; and indeed all who are victims of the deceptions of racism and classism.

Let’s continue to pray that God will open all eyes blinded by pride, lust, greed, jealousy and every human failing. Oh that God will change our hearts and free our souls. There is no evil, be it discrimination against darker-skinned people or discrimination against smaller people in the womb, too great for God to overcome.

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