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An Amazing Thing …

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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An amazing thing happened in Baltimore this week. Our leadership team was part of an unlikely coalition of leaders where we spoke at two panel discussions/community forums regarding the state of Baltimore, the nation and the world.

While sitting among leaders from the political, law enforcement community, spiritual, economic, and yes the NAACP; I realized my Uncle MLK was on to something when he said that “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

That garment was on us as we met and talked together in Baltimore. A highlight of what turned out to be another leg of my “Peace and Justice Book Tour” was the opportunity to read excerpts from my KING RULES children’s book to school children at a charter school and to another group of children in front of the Billie Holiday Statue on the sometimes controversial and turbulent Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore.

There is hope for Baltimore, America and the world. Keep praying.

Love from the road.

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Praying for Our Christian Brother Franklin Graham, Our Nation and the World

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

After reading recent commentaries regarding Pastor Franklin Graham, we are seeking God in prayer and reaching out to prayer partners regarding this matter. Pastors and politicians alike are scrambling for answers to the problems of the world while ignoring the obvious. All of the killing, the shedding of innocent blood, born and unborn, is a problem. Lack of justice and righteousness in our legal system, and racism are also problematic. The police and law enforcement are all too often ignoring civil and legal restraints built in to protect and to enforce.

Why is the Christian Church in trouble? Why are our governments in decay? Decline of universal church membership? Decline of voters at the polls? Over 55 million voters and potential church members die by abortion before they see the light of day!

Designer sermons which pick and choose which sin to preach against [such as ignoring adultery and fornication while slamming homosexuality] are so hypocritical, misleading and downright confusing. God is not the author of confusion! We all have sinned about something. We all need to repent and come clean.

Also, imbalance of equity regarding African Americans is causing moral, social and financial bankruptcy. It’s time to come clean.

ISIS, Ferguson, human trafficking, sexual abuse, child abuse, domestic abuse, abortion, marriage, wars, and on and on and on… All are symptomatic and systemic evidence that the nation and the world are in tremendous need of repentance and application of the Agape Love and Light of the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. People need the Lord!

“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” Matthew 4:16

May we avoid strife and condemnation at all costs, so that the light of God’s Love and Truth will shine brightly and that the yokes and bonds of oppression may be broken in the power of God’s anointing.

Here is a composite of the prayers and corporate thoughts of friends on the matter of our Christian Brother Franklin Graham’s recent comments:

“U know, I just read the short Charisma article, and I think what Graham said is HIS opinion and, frankly, is being blown up into something it’s not. If he misunderstands one group’s experience, let that group of pastors go and explain it to him calmly and privately (Read MATTHEW 18:15-17). Publicly saying he’s “sinned” and attacking him like this ISN’T Christian. All it does is create an ugly spectacle and give the enemies of Jesus ammunition to use against HIS Church. At least, that’s my opinion. Luv u.” Sister V

“Definitely not a loving Christian approach. Stirs up strife.” Alveda

“Exactly. We’re supposed to luv our brothers and sisters in CHRIST as well as our enemies. We’ve also gotta resist acting out emotionally. Every time I make an emotional decision, I mess up. :-!” Sister V

“Hi Dear Friend, I just finished preaching overseas and came in and read your post.
I think as the white community we are clueless and insensitive on many different levels to what has been and is going on with the pain and inequities that still exist on many different levels.

We have no right to lecture in social media. So sorry, my friend! Love you so much.” Sister C

“Hi Alveda. Just saw this. I read Franklin Graham’s post again. Alveda there is way too much abuse by police. Both black and white police. I have a fear of police because I have a fear for those in authority. So I probably over comply. Having said that, I am white so I have never suffered the kind of abuse that African Americans have. I don’t even have the remotest clue what that kind of abuse and discrimination would feel like. Again there is far too much violence against blacks by white police. I tend think it’s a minority of white police. I hope it’s a small group and not the majority of white police. When I reread Franklin Grahams post he seemed to be calling those shootings unnecessary. That is the word he used. He seemed to be saying that if people complied with a command to submit and not fight or run there would be less shootings. I suppose that might be true in some cases.

I didn’t feel Graham was sinning against any group by his remarks but I can also see how his words could be interpreted in a way that he didn’t mean to have them taken. Nerves on all sides are very, very raw right now. I think Mr. Graham would have deleted his post without sending if he had any clue how his words would be understood from various viewpoints. I know Mr. Graham goes all over the earth giving millions in aid to hurting and suffering minority group. I don’t think he has a prejudiced bone in his body but now I see he should never have posted that. It made things worse. Yikes. Lord, heal our land, end abuse, reconcile our races, restore peace, and get the bad apples out of our police force. Brother S

“I agree with the writers. But sometimes we presume to speak without relationship. Brother Graham should be more ambassadorial in his postings. His heart is in the right place but he appears to not have either compassion or understanding about the race problem.” Brother BH

“Totally agree with you: if he tells us to “obey” he must also tell police to enforce the law in an unbiased and fair manner under the law…they too should obey the law…history is full of cases where blacks obeyed and still were beaten or died or had evidence planted…he should urge a color blind justice system as would Christ.” Clarence McKee, Fellow newsmax.com Insider

“Do you know Dr. Franklin? Your thoughts…? While I agree with Dr. Graham’s authority perspective, there should be a clear line between Romans 13 authority and police abuse and brutality of citizens; especially Black citizens. There are civil rights and there are civil wrongs; on both sides. Please let me know.” Alveda

http://www.charismanews.com/us/48864-pastors-rebuke-franklin-graham-for-sins-against-christian-community.

“Romans 13 is without a question, but what do u do if u believe that u will be mistreated if u obey? There needs to be education on both sides. Through much prayer, God surely will reveal deeply seated lies that each side unconsciously believes that precipitates wrong actions. Then we must turn around and develop basic guidelines in race relations. God is good.” Prophet E

“So while disobedience to a lawful order endangers the life of the officer and the civilian, the officers should have an honest duty of care.” Alveda and Mike

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Are You Kidding Me?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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The premature death of any human being, born or unborn, sick or elderly, is always a tragic death.

With that being said, I think I need to speak to personal responsibility.

Last week I wrote a blog about all the protesting going on around our country over the deaths of three Black men, Michael Brown in Missouri, Eric Garner in New York, and Trayvon Martin in Florida. In that blog I included a video (see below) of Minister Johnathan Gentry who is calling for the Black community to change and take some personal responsibility.

Over the weekend I saw a picture, (the one posted here) and I just couldn’t believe what some people are saying and thinking. Unapologetically: If your son is robbing stores then you have to be prepared for anything. I’m not saying that robbers, of any ethnicity, should be killed but what I am saying is that nobody should be robbing stores in the first place.

Proverbs 22:6 addresses this:
Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Children and young adults must be trained to respect proper authority, and to discern trouble and how to avoid it.

As Minister Gentry so aptly articulates it, we as human beings have to learn to take personal responsibility for our actions. We should be in charge of our own actions which sometimes may lead to more dire consequences when we are not wise.

Consequently, if you rob stores, or do anything unlawful, it’s foreseeable that those actions may lead to involvement with the police. As we can see, those actions can lead to death.

So young people, if you don’t want your mother to FEAR that you might die every time you rob a store, DON’T ROB A STORE.

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The Death of Dr. and Mrs. Myles Munroe Is Tragic

Monday, November 10th, 2014

141110 blog image - Dr. and Mrs. Myles Munroe The shocking and tragic news of the loss of Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife and daughter has rocked the faith community.

Our sympathies are extended to his family, church fellowship, The Global Leadership Forum, and to all the faithful who have been impacted by the life and often controversial “kingdom prosperity” global ministries of this prominent family.

Dr. Munroe’s departure from “the message of The Cross [of Christ 1 Corinthians 1:18-25]” during his lifetime causes me to pause and pray that we will all remember The Gospel and Blood of Christ during this time and moving forward.

2 Peter 2:1-3 reminds us that we must be sure to stay on course; because we are indeed living in troubled times. This loss of the Munroes teaches us that we must soberly examine our own lives because no one except God knows our appointed times of departure from the earth.

The Bible teaches us this: “Touch not my anointed, do my prophets no harm.” Even David, God’s appointed king understanding his own weaknesses and God’s faithfulness did not seek to rail at and judge King Saul. He left that to God.

I’ve often wondered if David’s attitude towards King Saul is part of what, in spite of his own sins, helped David to remain “pleasing in God’s sight.”

As to the departed Munroes, May God rest their souls as we all continue to work out our own salvation in fear and trembling.

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Rest in Peace, Pro-Life Warrior

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Sandra CanoNEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, issued the following statements today after learning of the death of their friend and fellow pro-life activist Sandra Cano.

“My heart is broken that Sandra will never witness an end to abortion,” Mrs. Morana said. “She never wanted to have an abortion, she never had an abortion and she certainly never wanted to be a part of the Supreme Court decision, Doe V. Bolton, that opened the gates for legal abortion at any time during pregnancy and for any reason. I will work harder now, in Sandra’s memory, to make sure this harmful and deadly product is taken off the market.”

Father Pavone recalled that during a 1997 event at the National Memorial for the Unborn in Chattanooga, TN., Sandra said: “I pledge that as long as I have breath, I will strive to see abortion ended in America.”

Calling her statement “a lasting hope for our nation,” Father Pavone said: “Sandra’s work to overturn that devastating decision that was based on lies will not end with her death. When life ultimately triumphs over death, Sandra will share in that victory.”

When Sandra Cano approached attorneys for help, she understood her case as an effort to obtain a divorce and regain custody of her children. She was pregnant, and her attorney, in partnership with her mother, arranged an abortion for Sandra at Georgia Baptist Hospital. When she found out about the plan, she fled to Oklahoma and never had the abortion.

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From Fox & Friends Timeline

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Out of Bounds! At a post-game press conference, Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III was told to turn his shirt inside out before speaking to reporters! Do you think he should have been allowed to wear his shirt as-is?

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My Mother’s Tribute to Daddy

Friday, July 11th, 2014

I often honor my parents Rev. AD King and Mrs. Naomi Ruth Barber King in my books and speaking engagements. As young people, newly engaged kinggggggggto be married, they were encouraged by my grandfather “Daddy King”, to marry and start their family. They chose life, and Alveda Celeste King was born on January 22, 1951. I tell all about it in my book KING RULES.

Mother has a new book as well. In AD and ML King, she seeks to “set the historical records straight” in her new “love story,” AD and ML King: Two Brothers Who Dared to Dream.

In the book she reveals intimate details regarding the relationship between the brothers; both warriors in the crosshairs of the transformational 20th Century Civil Rights Movement.

“They cried together, they prayed together and they rejoiced together,” says Mother.

Few people know that the iconic civil rights leader and legendary preacher Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a younger brother; Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King. Known as “ML and AD, The Sons of Thunder,” the two brothers were born less than two years apart.

kinggggAlong with captivating firsthand “heartfelt”anecdotes, Mother has filled the book with intimate, previously unpublished photos; not only of AD and ML, but with other cherished family members. Included also are a seven generation “King Family Tree”, as well as visual chronicles of the journey of two beloved brothers who lived and died for a cause in their quest for “The Beloved Community.”

Mother is the cofounder of The AD King Foundation. She is the recipient of several civil rights and humanitarian awards. She and president and cofounder of ADKF, Dr. Babs Onabanjo have worked together for several years to establish a “lasting and living memorial” to Rev.  AD King’s legacy of empowering youth and “Building Up the Beloved Community.”

The book and the award winning documentary AD KING: BROTHER OF THE DREAMER are available online at popular outlets or at www.adkingfoundation.com.

Read KING RULES at kingrukesbook.com.

 

 

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Dr. Alveda King on the passing of Poet Maya Angelou

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Poetic Justice“I’m telling you that the best decision I ever made was keeping that baby! Yes, absolutely. Guy was a delight from the start — so good, so bright, and I can’t imagine my life without him.”
— Maya Angelou speaking of the birth of her son.

Maya Angelou touched the hearts of millions through her poetry, her wit and her wisdom. Our hearts go out to her son, Guy Johnson, and to all of her family and friends.

Not only was the poet laureate a powerful writer, artist and thinker; she was also a woman of matchless compassion and an eloquent humanitarian activist and champion of the poor and oppressed of all nations.

During the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, she served as a fund-raiser for the cause and was a SCLC organizer. She was a close friend of my Aunt Coretta Scott King. They became “sisters” for justice. Maya and Aunt Coretta were contemporaries, and had many things in common.

For example, they were both mentors of the dearly beloved media personality Oprah Winfrey.

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I admired her mostly from a distance. I did have the opportunity to meet her and greet her through the years when she graced our family with her presence. She shared her poetic gifts at memorable events that helped to support the work of the “Movement,” and later the King Center. I was blessed to be present during some of these times, and even shake her hand and receive the blessing of her smile bestowed upon me.

Sometimes we think we know a person. Then some information about them surfaces that helps us to love that person all the more. This is the case of my discovery of a life saving decision she made years ago.

I never knew until now about her personal decision to birth her son Guy who was conceived when she was a teenager. She described her decision in her first autobiography. She could have sought an illegal abortion but, instead, decided to keep her baby.

While her circumstances are not so uncommon, what is unique about her decision is that her courage, compassion and conviction that we know and love in all of her poetry enabled her to publicly share her experience which she shared in an essay published in FAMILY CIRCLE years ago. In that essay, she called her actions the best decision of her life.

“When I was 16, a boy in high school evinced interest in me, so I had sex with him — just once. And after I came out of that room, I thought, Is that all there is to it? My goodness, I’ll never do that again! Then, when I found out I was pregnant, I went to the boy and asked him for help, but he said it wasn’t his baby and he didn’t want any part of it.

I was scared to pieces. Back then, if you had money, there were some girls who got abortions, but I couldn’t deal with that idea. Oh, no. No. I knew there was somebody inside me. So I decided to keep the baby.

My older brother, Bailey, my confidant, told me not to tell my mother or she’d take me out of school. So I hid it the whole time with big blouses! Finally, three weeks before I was due, I left a note on my stepfather’s pillow telling him I was pregnant. He told my mother, and when she came home, she calmly asked me to run her bath.

I’ll never forget what she said: “Now tell me this — do you love the boy?” I said no. “Does he love you?” I said no. “Then there’s no point in ruining three lives. We are going to have our baby!”

What a knockout she was as a mother of teens. Very loving. Very accepting. Not one minute of recrimination. And I never felt any shame.

At 17 I got a job as a cook and later as a nightclub waitress. I found a room with cooking privileges, because I was a woman with a baby and needed my own place. My mother, who had a 14-room house, looked at me as if I was crazy! She said, “Remember this: You can always come home.” She kept that door open. And every time life kicked me in the belly, I would go home for a few weeks.

I struggled, sure. We lived hand-to-mouth, but it was really heart-to-hand. Guy had love and laughter and a lot of good reading and poetry as a child. Having my son brought out the best in me and enlarged my life. Whatever he missed, he himself is a great father today. He was once asked what it was like growing up in Maya Angelou’s shadow, and he said, “I always thought I was in her light.”

Years later, when I was married, I wanted to have more children, but I couldn’t conceive. Isn’t it wonderful that I had a child at 16? Praise God!”
Yes. Praise God! We thank God for her courage, her love, her gifts, and her joy of being a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. Beyond what she leaves to her natural family, Maya Angelou leaves a great and memorable blessing in the hearts of the millions whom she touched with her artistry; and, she leaves behind a luminous vision of hope that will inspire millions more for generations to come.”

For Generations to Come by Dr. Alveda C. King

Our family tree means more to me, Than silver or gold, or a Rolls Royce.
I can rejoice and be glad, that Mother and Dad loved each other— and God;
Who blessed their union. From one to another, we are linked to each other…
Through the blessings and mercy or our awesome Creator; Our Creator, the Artist,
Who reminds us of Eternity; In the smiles of our children, who have the
Spirit of our ancestors—Twinkling out from their eyes . . .
Reminding us of the Generations to come.

An original poem by Dr. Alveda C. King, Author of New Release, KING RULES
Submitted as a tribute in memory of Dr. Maya Angelou

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Violence Hits Close To Home As Young Solider Is Gunned Down After Christmas

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

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Dear Friends and Family please pray with us. Our niece/cousin by marriage, Mi-Mi Ursula Beal Arnold – her stepson 21 year old military man, Xavier Arnold was shot and killed this week. Pray for his father James Arnold, his mother and his entire surviving family.

His immediate family is calling for an X Movement Rally in Atlanta today at 5 PM. We are urgently requesting prayer support. Please attend if you are in the City.

“… If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT)

Please God don’t let Atlanta go the way of Detroit and Chicago. Stop the violence all over the world, and begin in our own lives. Please bring an end to the killing of our children, youth and young adults. A juvenile has been apprehended in regards to the incident.

I must be true to my heart and remind us during this tragic time that the sanctity of life is under siege from the time of natural human conception in the womb until natural death. Guns are just part of the problem. The violent hatred spurred by greed and Godless lawlessness is occurring more and more frequently.

I saw the new Mandela movie this week. Even though President Mandela repented of his early days of radical violence, the seeds of violence and hatred sown wreaked havoc. I pray that we will remember that love is stronger than hate.

It’s still close to Christmas, so I’ll close with this:

In a 1967 Christmas sermon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. …Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”

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Alveda King Remembers President Mandela’s Courage and His Smile

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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President Nelson Mandela paid a heavy price to stand against apartheid while campaigning for human justice and human dignity. His message still resonates though his weary, battle worn body has gone the way of those gone before him.

Long may we remember his courage, his fortitude and his gentle smile; none of which were ever tarnished during the years of his battles, oppression, incarceration, and the restorative years following his release. Ninety-five years of life is a fitting testimony to the strength of character of this legendary statesman.

A portrait hangs in my home. In the frame, poised between his fellow champions Martin and Malcolm, Mandela smiles while Martin is solemn and Malcolm is stoic. To be able to radiate joy in times of conflict is a gift. To experience their three different expressions, the combined epitome of the human dream of freedom is simply amazing.

President Mandela now takes his place in history. He will be missed. The world has lost a great leader.

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