Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Celebration: “Now is the time” to Redeem the Dream

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2011

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” - Martin Luther King, Jr., “I have a Dream” speech from August 28, 1963

WASHINGTON D.C. – Heartbeat International joins Protecting Black Life, National Black Pro-Life Coalition and several other national organizations to sponsor “Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” a candid discussion in context of the “Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While Dr. King is remembered with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington D.C. this week, Heartbeat International Board members Dr. Alveda King, MLK’s niece, and Pastor Derek McCoy join several other co-chairs in hosting a timely event on August 27th to discuss the injustice of abortion in the Black community.

According to Protecting Black Life website: “Since 1973 (year abortion was legalized in the U.S.) more African American babies have been killed by abortion than the total number of African American deaths from all other causes combined.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of peace, justice, and most of all a man of God,” said Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. “Were he alive today, he would be working to secure peace and justice for those in the womb and healing for a nation that is still pained by over 50 million missing lives.”

“Dr. King spoke at the Lincoln Memorial 48 years ago to remind America of the fierce urgency of now saying, ‘Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.’,” said Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D. “As the nation celebrates Dr. King’s legacy, we want to remind America that Heartbeat’s pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies participate in Dr. King’s mission by providing one-on-one support so no woman ever feels so alone, coerced or hopeless that she ends the life of one of God’s children through abortion.”

Alveda reminds us that it was her Uncle Martin who said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Heartbeat’s pregnancy centers serve women with unexpected pregnancies by providing the practical help and emotional support they need to welcome a new life. This includes helping them to recognize their own inherent value and the inestimable significance of the child they carry. Heartbeat International, founded in 1971, is a Christ-like association of 1,200 pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, non-profit adoption agencies, and medical clinics across the nation and in 50 other countries.

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