One week ago today, on June 3, many Americans and people around the world mourned the loss of Muhammad Ali. Dead at the age of 74, Ali, perhaps the greatest boxer ever, died after a 32 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. May we pray for the peace of his family, his many admirers and his critics. We pray that Muhammad Ali be remembered not only as a man who won in a boxing ring, but who tirelessly waged war on the battlefield for justice.
Ali was born with the name Cassius Marcellus Clay. That’s who I met in the mid 1960′s at a “Fair Housing Rally” led by my daddy Rev. A. D. King, Pastor of Zion Baptist Church, in Louisville, KY. Daddy and his brother, Martin Luther King, Jr., (Uncle M. L.) were Baptist preachers and Civil Rights Leaders. I was a “youth organizer” in the Civil Rights Movement in those days.
Ali, a native of Louisville was a headliner in the Kentucky “Open Housing Movement.” As a contemporary of such civil rights icons as Uncle ML, Daddy AD, and yes, the prominent and dominant Malcolm X, Mr. Ali was making a lasting mark for himself inside and outside the boxing ring. Even though he was a contentious objector of the Vietnam War, he always loved America.
Perhaps even as Malcolm X recanted from his radical Islamic teachings of hatred of the Caucasian race, changing his name to Malik Shabazz after a visit to Mecca and adapting a message of universal peace and compassion, Mr. Ali also embraced that understanding as well as a love for “The Beloved Community” that my Uncle and Dad proclaimed during their lifetimes.
While Cassius Clay was raised in a Christian home, he later converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali; in part, because he objected to the western characterization of Jesus Christ. Yet, I believe in my heart that the Christian message that he learned from my uncle, Martin Luther King, and Daddy A. D. was impacting him, too.
Ali was not only a great boxer, but also a great man; a man of character, integrity and faith. He loved his God, his family and the world. Yet, he was a very complex personality; and like everyone, was subject to human failings.
Some may question my prayer that I’ll see Mr. Ali in Heaven. Yet God is ever merciful and judges the human heart. Mr. Ali is subject to the same grace and mercy that all humans seek.
Ali was devoted to his craft and was a fierce fighter who fought many battles, both in the ring and in his personal life. Although dealing with a debilitating disease in his latter years, he always carried himself with dignity. Perhaps best remembered for being a great boxing champion, Ali will be remembered for coining the phrase, “Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee.”
The world has lost a great fighter and champion for justice.
In the news this week, new faces for America’s currency are being highlighted and proposed as possible solutions to the not yet defeated nemesis of racism. Meanwhile, another “purple light” has gone out, with the death of Prince.
Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Andrew Jackson will be moved to the back. Often nicknamed “Moses,” Ms. Tubman was a remarkable woman and a Christian female liberator. She guided slaves to freedom, worked alongside Susan B. Anthony in the Suffragette Movement, was a confidant of Frederick Douglass and played a role in the Civil War.
Connecting the 19th century freedom struggles to the 20th century battle for racial justice, recommendations have been made to include Martin Luther King, Jr., sometimes known as “The Black Moses,” of his day, on the five dollar bill in the near future as one of the faces of the Civil Rights Movement. During his lifetime, Uncle ML fought for liberty, racial justice, righteousness, and dignity for all human beings, born and unborn.
Many people don’t know that during Liberator Tubman’s remarkable “Underground Railroad” journey, there were often pregnant women and families with little children on the journey to freedom. As a Christian, Tubman did not advocate abortion or infanticide; instead she developed creative methods to calm the children and indeed all of the escaping slaves as they braved the famous, historical Underground Railroad trek.
In continuation, The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a pivotal time in our nation’s history as it addressed the civil rights of so many people in our country and tackled the issues of gaining racial equality and ending segregation.
The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, of which many members of the “King Family Legacy” were a part, is now a historical landmark in the journey to true Jubilee.
Yes, we are making advances, yet we still have a long way to go towards achieving racial harmony and regard for the human personality.
“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham jail.
Speaking of human personalities, a bright “purple” light has left the planet.
Prince, the famous rock singer has left us. He is remembered for his music, and his legendary romance with “Vanity.” Denise Katrina Matthews, better known as “Vanity” was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model. She was a backup singer and dancer for Prince. Their love affair was legendary. Vanity left her performance career in 1994, after she overdosed on crack cocaine, and survived to become a Christian evangelist. I believe she continued to pray for Prince, even though they no longer had a professional career together.
Always on the cutting edge with his music, most notably “Purple Rain,” before his death, Prince and 3rd Eye Girl” recently covered a Christian song, “What If,” by Nicole Nordeman. The song embraces the closely-knit relationship between doubt and faith. Interestingly, Prince and Vanity had that in common, the struggle between fame and faith. Vanity died in February 2016. Prince died this week.
There are many instances where celebrities battle with fame and faith, some become Christians, some don’t. Ted Baher of www.movieguide.org advocates for promoting Christian values in media and entertainment. Read more here.
With all of the challenges in the world, many of which can be seen with the jumble of current events bombarding our senses, the major goal for seeking solutions to human problems must continue to be the conversion of the hearts of men and women. Only when we truly love our neighbors can we learn to live together as brothers and sisters.
From a spiritual perspective, even now in the 21st century, prayer remains a key in the march towards Freedom. Recently in DC at www.unitedcry2016.com, there were people of every walk of life praying for our nation to come together as one people and to embrace our differences instead of letting those differences divide us. Read more HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.
During his lifetime my mentor, Pastor Allan McNair, often said, “America must repent from racism and defeat racism if we truly want God to bless us and make America great.” He also encouraged us to pray for spiritual transformation, rather than try to solve everything through political and money seeking efforts. During this current news and election cycle, prayer should be a major key in seeking solutions for America’s ills.
So, as we say goodbye to Prince, look for the new faces on our currency, and prepare to elect a new president of the United States, may we remain prayerful that God will truly “bless America” as we repent for our sins and pray for mercy and justice for all.
This week in America Priests for Life joined thirty-six other plaintiffs in a fight for religious freedom before the United States Supreme Court. Our battle includes the struggle for the unborn. The wombs of women are under siege.
While we are battling for religious freedom here in America, around the world terrorist attacks continue to mount. Now we mourn a new terrorist bombing right now in Europe.
The world has indeed gone mad and the savior will not be a human being, a man or woman; whether it’s winning the office of President of the United States or any other rulers or governors around the world, humans will not deliver us from this present evil.
Terrorism in any form will only end when the hand of Almighty God touches the hearts of humanity.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17
Just as terrorists breach the sanctuaries of homes around the world, so too does U. S. government establishment seek to breach the sanctuary of the womb by forcing its HHS mandate on Americans despite objections from many of us with deeply held religious beliefs.
This is a very urgent appeal today as we pray for those who mourn the loss of their own family members and people that they loved in this most recent terrorist attack.
Pray for us as we stand before the United States Supreme Court. Priests for Life and other claimants. Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Amen.
Dr. Alveda King
Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Priests for Life
Oral Arguments in Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Seven consolidated cases, representing 37 distinct petitioners, will be heard this morning in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Zubik vs. Burwell, which challenges the same mandate that Hobby Lobby successfully challenged. The difference is that in this case, the petitioners are not businesses, but rather religious non-profits, and along with objecting to the mandate itself, these petitioners are objecting to the regulatory mechanism, or “accommodation,” which the government claims allows them to “opt-out” of the mandate. Petitioners claim the “accommodation” makes them complicit in the very coverage it claims to release them from, and substantially burdens their exercise of religion in a way that fails to meet the strict text imposed on the government by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The first of the 37 petitioners — and the fourth in the nation — to challenge the mandate in court was Priests for Life, the nation’s largest Catholic ministry focused on ending abortion. Priests for Life vs. HHS is particularly well-suited to challenge this mandate, because the requirement to provide abortion-inducing drugs contradicts not only the religious faith of the petitioners but is a direct, head-on collision with its mission and raison d’ê•tre, which is to end the practice of abortion. Along with the organization, petitioners in the Priests for Life case include Alveda King, niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She heads up the Black outreach ministry for Priests for Life. Likewise included is Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, and Fr. Frank Pavone, its National Director.
Fr. Pavone stated today, “I am very grateful to all the petitioners, and all the friends of the court, in these landmark cases, for standing up for the basic question at the heart of this dispute: the government cannot force believers to choose between following their faith and following the law. This accommodation is not an “opt-out;” rather, it is a hijacking of the mechanism of our insurance plans to further the immoral goal of expanding access to abortion-inducing drugs and other objectionable services. To add insult to injury, the government exempts the Churches to which Priests for Life sends its priests to preach, but doesn’t exempt the group that trains and sends them. We share in the same faith as these churches; we share in the same objections to the mandate; we should likewise share in the same exemption.”
Fr. Pavone will speak at the press conference to be held at the steps of the Supreme Court immediately after the oral arguments and will also be available for comment afterwards, as will his legal counsel in this case, Robert Muise, co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalm 127:1
Thank you for following my blog and activities during 2015. Together we explored exciting, tumultuous, often challenging, sometimes hopeful events that rocked our world in 2015.
I especially appreciated your prayers and your comments on the blogs; some encouraging, some critical. You sure keep me on my toes.
There are critical elections coming up in America. Citizens, let’s try to remember that America needs answers and solutions to terrorism, economic peril, sanctity of life and family, education and so much more. There is no time for squabbling and reality show tactics. Let’s be prayerful and serious about electing leaders who truly care about we the people and will hear us and work together with us to rebuild our nation in the days ahead.
Looking forward into 2016, please know that you are in my prayers. Our nation and our world need a brighter future. May we all seek to contribute to making the dream of love, peace and unity a reality in the coming year.
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Meet Abraham’s sons [and daughters].
See how they love one another – “even unto death” words of the Romans watching Christians with awe and growing respect, to the point that brutal civilization which saw Christians as a threat and an abomination to their gods converted their hearts.
This short video needs to be seen and shared. It relates the conversion of a hard core Muslim youth to Christianity (hard core, it would seem) with the catalyst – that Roman quote “even unto death” – put into local and intense action. You will love this! — Its message needs to be multiplied all over the country and the world exponentially!
With the present onslaught of terrorists’ outbreaks in America and around the world comes the urgent reminder of how everywhere people need the Lord.
Now, as we pray for the families who have lost loved ones to terrorism in America and around the world, let’s examine some facts surrounding the terror.
Abraham’s Family Feud
The family feud between Muslims and Jews aka Arabs and Hebrews is ancient. They have the same natural Grandfather, Abraham. For a solution, reconciliation is required. All the bombs and guns in the world won’t do it. Isaac and Ishmael must come together in God’s love and grace. All Arabs and Muslims aren’t evil.
Conflict between the two natural sons of Abraham began from the very start. Genesis 21:9 says the conflict began just after Isaac was weaned: “Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.”
Galatians 4 tells us that Ishmael had been “born according to the flesh” while Isaac had been “born according to the promise.” Isaac replaced Ishmael as the favored son and heir. This, of course, made Ishmael jealous and bitter. As a result, he mocked and disdained his half-brother. Eventually the situation became so intolerable that Abraham’s wife Sarah demanded that Ishmael and his Egyptian concubine mother, Hagar, be expelled permanently from Abraham’s family.
But YHWH loved Hagar and her son, and had mercy upon them. He promised Hagar that her son would beget twelve princes who would become a great nation. Ishmael then went to live in the wilderness region of Hejaz in what became known as the Arabian Peninsula. He indeed had twelve patriarchal sons who became associated with the peoples known as Midianites, Edomites, Egyptians and Assyrians. The Bible and Islamic tradition both agree that Ishmael became the leader of all the great desert peoples of the Middle East.
This jealousy and resentment between Sarah and Hagar and their sons Isaac and Ishmael created an unparalleled hate which has set off wars and atrocities for four thousand years. In spite of wealth and blessings that God promised and delivers to both Ishmael and Isaac, it is the title deed to the land of Israel, which God promised to Abraham’s lineage, which has been the source of the friction between the Jews and the Arabs right up to the present day.
The conflict extends even further to challenge the spiritually “adopted” sons of Abraham – the Gentiles who accept Jesus as God’s Son and Savior of Humanity.
“And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” Galatians 3:29
So the battle wages among humans over spiritual and natural inheritance. Satan would wield weapons if strife, rejection, violence, hatred and a host of evils to divide God’s people. We must resist this present evil.
A world in trouble
Having explained all of this, there is still no excuse for terrorism. ISIS must go. Yet lest we forget, ISIS is not the only threat to our nation and the word. Poverty, racism, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual perversion, abortion and so much more are also rending the moral fabric of our world.
With global threats, looming elections, war talk and the like, we must ask ourselves if human solutions will be enough to sustain our world. Is there more from heavenly corridors?
Social justice begins in the womb.
“We cannot fight credibly against other social and moral evils, including poverty and violence, while we tolerate mass killings by abortion.” – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
Acts 17:26 says we are one blood, one race.
“God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16 GW
Now more than ever we must cry out to God for deliverance. Pray for America and our world.
WASHINGTON, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning in advance of the press conference at 11 a.m. at the National Press Club in which he, Janet Morana, Dr. Alveda King (all of Priests for Life) and David Yerushalmi (American Freedom Law Center, representing Priests for Life) will address their challenge to the HHS mandate in the case recently accepted by the Supreme Court:
“As we hold our press conference this morning, I want to point out that seven national organizations comprised of physicians, bioethicists, and other health-care professionals, have filed a friend of the court brief that was accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court when it granted cert to our case a week and a half ago. The organizations are as follows:
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PRO-LIFE OBSTETRICIANS & GYNECOLOGISTS
CHRISTIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC BIOETHICS CENTER
ALABAMA PHYSICIANS FOR LIFE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRO LIFE NURSES
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC NURSES
“The brief these organizations have filed provides the medical evidence that some of the ‘services’ that we object to covering in our insurance plan do in fact act in such a way as to end a new human life after it has begun. Moreover, as health-care professionals who regularly have to defend their own rights of conscience, these organizations stand with us to oppose any government coercion we face to violate our own conscience.
“We thank these groups for standing with us, and look forward to victory in this case.”
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.
“When the Guild of Prophets who lived in Bethel came out to greet Elisha, they asked him, “You are aware, aren’t you, that later today the LORD is going to remove your master from being your mentor?” “Of course I’m aware of it,” he said. “Calm down.”‘ 2 Kings 2:3
THE EARLY YEARS
My Pastor Theo Allen McNair was born in Dillon, South Carolina. His parents were well respected in their community participating in church activities and raising their family. Patterning after his father, who was a successful entrepreneur, Allen embraced the work ethic early. His first wage earning experiences included running a paper route and providing grounds maintenance at a car dealership. Even then, young Theo understood the importance of knowing his goals and applying corresponding actions.
He went on to attend Voorhees College, where his discipline and tenacity on the football field earned him a starting position on the varsity team and a college scholarship. It was during those years that he also married his high school sweetheart, “Lucy” Anna McNair.
CALLED TO CHRISTIAN SERVICE
For the next few years, Allen pursued a career as an accountant and began moving up corporate ladders in management where he experienced vocational success in the career world.
While working in upper management, Allen supervised a group of unusual young people. One day, Allen decided to attend their church service after they continued to prove themselves to be what they appeared to be; they were Christians.During this time, Allen also accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at home in a private time of crying out to God.
During those days, he continued his education at LaSalle College of Business, and later, during ministry years, Zoe University as well as numerous Morris Cerullo Schools of Ministry. He also studied the ministries of such pastors as Dr. Fred Price, Pastor Kenneth Hagin and Pastor Kenneth Copeland.
Allen was also a devoted history buff, often inspired by the works of great leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SO MIGHTILY GREW THE WORD OF GOD
Among his earlier ministry experiences was his time with his young family at New Life Christian Center with Pastor Jim Muncie. There Allen was asked to head up the prayer ministry;and he also became part of the counseling ministry, teaching ministry and led prosperity classes.
He also assisted Pastor Muncie in his outreach, by speaking at events for Pastor Muncie when his schedule would not permit him to go. He became known as Allen McNair, the young Man of God who was receiving training for future service, forged in the fire of the Holy Spirit to become “God’s Battle Axe.”
THE BIRTH OF A MINISTRY
In 1984 Pastor McNair was released from his ministry at New Life Christian Center by a Mandate from God: “I want to you establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations.” Pastor McNair often recalled saying to God: “That sounds like a church. I’m not doing that.”
Well it didn’t take God long to convince His soon to be faithful servant that this Abraham like step of faith would be the best course to take. Allen had to “launch out into the deep,” to “go to a place that he knew not of.” The corporate opportunities that had blessed Mr. McNair during the past few years began to shift.
At the same time, as the McNair family stepped out on faith and acquired their first place of worship to launch BBMOC – Believers’ Bible Ministry Outreach Center, they were blessed to discover that God was faithful to His Word to the Man of God.
By this time, Pastor McNair had become very strong in the Word of God, and was recognized as a “Teacher of Faith.” He was walking by faith and not by sight, using his Bible knowledge to believe God for everything from pairs of shoes, lapel microphones, automobiles, and healings; first for himself and then using his own examples to teach others to walk by faith.
BBMOC soon moved from a rental suite in a community center to a location on Fairburn Road that Pastor McNairaffectionately dubbed “The Shoe Box.” God provided the seed to pay for the “as is” space; and working in the same “spirit of excellence” that Allen had mastered in the corporate world, and in service at New Life Christian Center, the Man of God occupied his “Shoe Box” making it a beautiful home for his growing church family.
There he taught the people Bible principles of faith, healing and miracles. He also taught us the blessing of the tithe and what he called “the Love Walk.” As our church body grew, each visitor and new member crossing our threshold would see our beloved Pastor at the podium and hear the unforgettable strength and love of God pouring forth from the heart of our Pastor in his greeting: “Welcome Home.”
The Word of God grew and prospered mightily in those days. Over the years, faith and miracles abounded and mightily grew the Word of God with members being continually being added to our Ministry.
Word spread far and near that “there was a man on Campbellton Road who was beautifully saved.” People flocked to the Ministry.
Still, God was not through with Pastor McNair. More faith was required. Pastor was led to another building on Campbellton Road in Southwest Atlanta, where he expected to lease another “as is building.” However, during the negotiations, God instructed Pastor to offer what seemed to be an exorbitant amount of money to the potential landlord. The landlord countered with an even higher amount. Pastor was led of the Lord to accept the offer, and the BBMOC family moved into the facility which remains the church home today.
As the ministry grew, God graced His servant with wisdom for projects and programs that blessed the community. The ministry expanded even further, as Pastor was called to the mission field, traveling abroad to Africa and Europe. There he ministered to thousands, under the anointing and calling of God.
In the 1990’s, God expanded His Mandate to Allen McNair, requiring him to add to the vision: “Establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations; and reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Pastor McNair again “launched further out into the deep”, and continued to diligently reach out with a message of deliverance to the nations and Black America.
During this time, Pastor McNair began to write and produce music to inspire and motivate worship and spiritual growth among his members and for the broader body of Christ. His television and radio ministries also expanded during this season.
THE MINISTRY TODAY
Along with Dr. James Muncie, Pastor McNair regarded the Late Dr. Alex Ness and Dr. Morris Cerullo among his respected mentors. With deep appreciation for all that they sowed into his life, during his lifetime, Pastor McNair mentored other pastors and leaders with the same dedication he received from his own mentors. This is remarkable, and now Pastor McNair himself is remembered as a “spiritual father” to many.
Today BBMOC is Believers’ Bible Christian Church. This name change reflects the maturity of the mission, the minstryand the advancement of the call.
The yearly BBCC graduate salutes launch members into higher educational pursuits and positions in their chosen careers where they continue to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations and to reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are BBCC members in many positions of leadership in the community, the nations and abroad. BBCC members are making a difference in the world as professionals and paraprofessionals as entrepreneurs, educators, evangelists, public health and safety, corporate officials, consultants, musicians, media experts, in real estate, the medical and health care profession, and many other walks of life. These are God’s gifts expressed through the Ministry of Allen McNair.
Through the years, thousands have been healed and set free by the Power of God through Pastor McNair’s faithful and obedient response to God’s call on his life.
Over the years Pastor McNair also partnered with global ministries, traveling extensively building lasting relationships with men and women of faith for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God while fostering Christian fellowship. He established ministry relationships across the globe while bringing a greater awareness to African American pastors as to the importance of respecting the connection between Africa and America.
He founded The African Humanitarian Christian Fellowship with branches in Accra Ghana, Togo, Nairobi Kenya and Ethiopia.
His cherished wife Mrs. Anna McNair and their three beloved adult children, Tim McNair, Theo (Teddy) McNair, Jr. and Angela McNair Mattox and their spouses and children remain active in the ministry. As a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Pastor McNair considered it a sacred trust to help families to live prosperous, healthy and enjoyable Christian lives.
Programs such as the Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship, Boys for Christ, and Girls for Jesus Club guided by Mrs. McNair, The Family Enrichment Ministry, outreach through the annual community picnic and fall love festival are just some examples of how the BBCC Ministry blesses the community, nation and the world.
Pastor McNair especially valued the call to mentor youths and young adults; always teaching them the importance of obedience to authority, academic excellence, and victorious Christian living.
“HE WAS A GOOD MAN, FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND STRONG IN FAITH.”
Pastor T. Allen McNair will be remembered as a beloved and “good man,” a seasoned and respected Man of God whose faith worked by love.
Many note that in several ways, his Christian walk is reflective of men of God in the Bible, such as Father Abraham, Apostle Paul, King David, Elijah the Prophet, Apostle John the Revelator, and Moses the Liberator. His personal ministry walk is best reflected in his dedicated years of service as Senior Pastor of Believers’ Bible Christian Church. His Christ like example of faith and love remains very evident in his willingness and obedience in accepting God’s directive for him to establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations and to more specifically reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the words of a Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., a man admired by Pastor McNair, according to a message Daddy King preached at home going services during his lifetime: “Pastor McNair is still in business, just moved upstairs.”
Watch this music video with memories of Pastor McNair and song “HEAVEN COMES TO ME” inspired by a sermon by Pastor McNair.
Atlanta, GA – In a statement regarding a violent carjacking attempt on her mother Mrs. Naomi King, widow of slain civil rights activist Rev. AD King; and death of her mentor of 28 years, Pastor Allen McNair, founder of the prominent Believers’ Bible Christian Church, Alveda King had this to say:
“Last weekend was amazing. My mother, Naomi King, was accosted in a carjack attempt, and my pastor and mentor Allen McNair died. Meanwhile, the should be helpful Million Man Marchers were in DC chanting ‘down with America and the Blue Klux Klan.’ If not for the grace of God and the wisdom and sanity taught by Mother, Pastor McNair, Daddy, Granddaddy and Uncle MLK, I would have given way to despair. Still I encourage everyone to remain prayerful and undaunted.
“In a media release and open letter, Mother writes to her attacker: ‘I love you, I forgive you… You did not scare me… You frustrated me… As a loving mother, when I looked into your eyes, I thought – you have been misguided.’
“Mother went on to say that while there must be justice for the violent attack upon her person and property, we must seek solutions and opportunities for our youth so that others don’t choose this hopeless path that her attacker sought. This is the mission of the AD King foundation founded in her husband’s and my father’s honor.
“I agree with Mother. We must care for the young, the sick, the elderly and downtrodden. This is the loving message of Jesus.
“I was amazed but not surprised when Mother said: “Thinking of the attack, in a way at least what happened to me brings attention those who need a voice. Now we must act.’ This is the message of our family, our King Family Legacy; Christ centered faith, hope and love, translated into powerful nonviolent conflict resolution.”
Finally, as the weekend recedes and the challenges of today emerge, let us be encouraged, overcoming evil with good; forgiving one another and loving God, ourselves and others; learning to live together as brothers and sisters lest we perish as fools.”