To The African American Students At Princeton University

It’s my understanding that some students, perhaps you who are reading this letter, are disturbed about the posting of the Human Life Alliance’s brochure, “Did You Know?” on campus bulletin boards. While I don’t know the specific concerns that those who are upset have, I would like to address the brochure as a whole.

First, let me say that I understand anger. I have witnessed anger, both righteous and unrighteous, all my life. As a child, I lost schoolmates to a bombing. My own home was firebombed while I was in it. My father, the Reverend A.D. King, and my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave their lives for the cause of justice in the face of hatred. I know anger.

I also know injustice. I’m old enough to remember “white only” drinking fountains, “colored” facilities, and being denied your basic rights because others didn’t want you around.

Most importantly, I know love. My Uncle Martin lived his life for the cause of love – love of the truth, love for others, and love for God. That he lived this way upset a great many people. But his response to those who disagreed with him was to peacefully, lovingly speak the truth in return.

I gladly contributed to the “Did You Know?” brochure because it speaks the truth in love. Obviously, it upsets people – any words that contradict the status quo are upsetting. If I had read the brochure decades ago, before I had my two abortions, I might have been angry as well.

But not now.

Now I see millions upon millions of babies who were never given the chance to be born. They died because they were unwanted. I see their deaths not only as a tragedy, but also a great injustice.

I also see millions upon millions of women, women like I once was, in need of healing and forgiveness. I know many women who, like me, have found that peace. We want others to know what we learned by experience. We want this because we care about our sisters and brothers.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The deaths of over fifty million innocent, unwanted people who were denied their most basic rights simply because of who they were certainly qualify as injustice. The hurt, trauma, and anguish felt by those who grieve for them counts as tragedy.

My Uncle Martin also wrote, “The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety.” Look around you. For every three African Americans you see, there’s one who’s not here because of abortion. Infinitely valuable, precious children, brothers, and sisters have been sacrificed for immediate personal comfort and safety. I say, in love, we cannot go on this way.

The “Did You Know?” brochure is offered in love to create change. It is meant to offend the perpetrators of injustice, the abortion industry, not its victims. I ask that you consider it, not for me, but for you and your children.

Dr. Alveda King

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