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Dr. Alveda King to take part in Martin Luther King Day Events

Priests for Life

January 15, 2012

ATLANTA – Dr. Alveda King, the full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will take part in events Sunday and Monday in honor of her late father, the Rev. Dr. Alfred Daniels King, and her late uncle, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Alveda King will be at book signing Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the King Center Freedom Hall Auditorium, 449 Auburn Ave.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the Freedom Hall, there will be a screening of the film “Brother of the Dreamer,” about her father, one of the main strategists behind many civil rights campaigns. Dr. Alveda King and her mother, Naomi Barber King, will be in attendance, and the film’s executive producer, Dr. Babs Onabanjo, will take part in a discussion.

On Monday, the official nationwide observance of Martin Luther King Day, Dr. Alveda King will join family members at a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. The service will begin with a wreath-laying at 9 a.m. The service itself, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m.

A civil rights leader in her own right, Dr. Alveda King has been working full-time for the pro-life cause for nearly a decade. When she met Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the two found themselves in agreement that “the fight for all human life, from conception until natural death, is the most pressing civil rights and human rights issue of our time.”

Dr. King has compared Father Pavone’s pro-life leadership to that of her uncle Martin.

“When my uncle was discerning the call to the civil rights movement, many of his critics said his primary focus as a pastor should be preaching the Gospel, rather than the human rights issue,” she said. “Father Pavone is a wonderful priest who has answered a call to pro-life activism and his call, like my uncle’s call, has been validated worldwide. Father Pavone is the Martin Luther King Jr. of the pro-life movement.”

To arrange an interview with Dr. King, call 347-286-7277 or send an email to

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