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NewsOne taps PFL’s Alveda King as one of Top 10 Black Women

Thursday, March 8th, 2012





Dr. Alveda King, Priests for Life’s full-time director of African-American Outreach, has been named one of NewsOne’s Top 10 Black Women.

In naming its “Sheroes,” the news service wrote of Dr. King: “Deemed the ‘voice of the voiceless’ and an enemy of pro-choice advocates everywhere, King, the niece of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., believes that unborn babies have a right to life…King, a pro-life activist and evangelical minister is driven by a strong spiritual conviction which is to keep the controversial issue of abortion before lawmakers.”

Dr. King shares the honor with First Lady Michelle Obama; astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison; Liberia President Elllen Johnson Sirleaf and other women of achievement.

“At Priests for Life, we have always recognized Dr. King as a ‘sheroe,’ because she is courageous and relentless when it comes to speaking out for the unborn,” said Father Frank. “To have her recognized by NewsOne is very exciting. She deserves the honor.”

An Atlanta resident and mother of six, Dr. King is a former college professor who served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She is a recipient of the Life Prize Award (2011), the Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award (2011) from the Legatus organization and the Civil Rights Award from Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) (2011). She is a best-selling author whose books include “How Can the Dream Survive if we Murder the Children?” and “I Don’t Want Your Man, I Want My Own.”

She is an accomplished actress and songwriter. The Founder of King for America, she is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Saint Anselm College and sits on the board of Georgia Right to Life. She is a member of the National Black Prolife Coalition, NBPC, a frequent guest on Fox News and a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

“I am humbled and so honored by this recognition,” Dr. King said. “African-Americans need to bring an end to the abortion genocide that is decimating our community and NewsOne is helping me get that message to the people who most need to hear it. I thank NewsOne from the bottom of my heart.”

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To learn more about Dr. Alveda King and Priests for Life’s African-American Outreach, visit: priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/index.htm

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Alveda King: “Occupy” movement must turn away from violence

Monday, November 7th, 2011





ATLANTA – Dr. Alveda King, fulltime director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, said the Occupy Wall Street movement must embrace prayer and disavow violence if it hopes to emulate the 20th century Civil Rights Movement.

“The whole Civil Rights movement was founded in prayer, in crying out to God in peace,” Dr. King said today during an interview on “Fox & Friends.” “This movement is not peaceful,” she said of Occupy Wall Street.

Dr. King, the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin King Jr., was invited on the show to discuss comments made by Rev. Jesse Jackson last week in Atlanta, comparing the two movements and insisting that Martin Luther King would have supported Occupy Wall Street.

“Rev. Jackson knows this is not the model my uncle upheld, or that my father, Rev. A.D. King, upheld,” she said. “The people who came out are hurting, they need answers. They need help, not to be incited to violence. They need a leader who is going to lead them peacefully.

Calling him “a civil wrong leader on this point,” Dr. King said, “Rev. Jackson needs to revisit his 20th century history.”

Dr. King also noted that the pro-life movement has adopted the prayerful, peaceful model of the Civil Rights movement as it works to end abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide and killing of embryos for their stem cells.

To see the “Fox & Friends” interview, please click here: http://bit.ly/toi1by

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.

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“Redeem the Dream” conference set for Saturday in D.C.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011





WASHINGTON, D.C. — In conjunction with Sunday’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will host a panel discussion and video presentation Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Research Council, 801 G Street.

“Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” will present a frank assessment of how far African-Americans have come since Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, and how the dream has been imperiled by the abortion industry.

“The murder of millions of African-American babies by abortion was not something my Uncle Martin envisioned or would ever have supported,” said Dr. King. “He was unequivocally pro-life, and it would break his heart to know that so many African-American leaders endorse freedom of choice over the right to life.”

Co-hosting “Redeem the Dream” will be King for America, Priests for Life, Care-Net, Heartbeat INTL, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Network of Politically Active Christians, Congress on Racial Equality, Students for Life, National Black Pro-Life Union and Protecting Black Life.

Reservations are not required for the event. To arrange an interview with Dr. King, please call Andre Kim at 347-286-7277.

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Alveda King “deeply saddened” by the loss of Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth

Friday, October 7th, 2011





ATLANTA – Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, today commented on the passing of civil rights leader Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth.

“Dr. Shuttlesworth was a giant among Servant Christian Leaders. When our home was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, Dr. Shuttlesworth was a source of comfort and encouragement to our family. He will be sorely missed.”

Dr. Shuttlesworth, who died Wednesday at the age of 89, worked alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 to organize demonstrations against segregation in Birmingham. Earlier, he was one of four founding ministers of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

“My father, Rev. A. D. King, worked very closely with Dr. Fred. The staunch and courageous preacher and civil rights giant is credited as being part of the coalition that gave us the ‘Ten Commandments of the Civil Rights Movement,’ which stressed non-violence, prayer and sacrifice.

Go to priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/non-violence.htm and scroll to the bottom to see the “Ten Commandments of the Civil Rights Movement” from the text “New Day in Birmingham.”

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“Redeem the Dream” Conference Postponed

Friday, August 26th, 2011





WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, has announced that the conference “Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” set for Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Family Research Council has been postponed.

The Aug. 28 dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall has been postponed due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irene. No new date has been announced. “Redeem the Dream” will be rescheduled to coincide with the new dedication date.

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“Redeem the Dream” conference Saturday in D.C.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011





WASHINGTON, D.C. – In conjunction with Sunday’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will host a panel discussion and video presentation Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Research Council, 801 G Street.

“Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” will present a frank assessment of how far African-Americans have come since Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, and how the dream has been imperiled by the abortion industry.

“The murder of millions of African-American babies by abortion was not something my Uncle Martin envisioned or would ever have supported,” said Dr. King. “He was unequivocally pro-life, and it would break his heart to know that so many African-American leaders endorse freedom of choice over the right to life.”

Co-hosting “Redeem the Dream” will be King for America, Priests for Life, Care-Net, Heartbeat INTL, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Network of Politically Active Christians, Congress on Racial Equality, Students for Life, National Black Pro-Life Union and Protecting Black Life.

Reservations are not required for the event. To arrange an interview with Dr. King, please call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.

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Dr. Alveda King available for interviews on dedication of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Monday, August 22nd, 2011





STATEN ISLAND, NY – Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, founder of King for America and the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be doing interviews this week regarding the dedication of the long-overdue memorial for her uncle in Washington, D.C.

“As people gather in the nation’s capital to remember and celebrate the life of my Uncle Martin, it is an opportune moment to declare that were he here today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be standing with those working to stop the violence of abortion against children in the womb and restore them to equal protection under the law,” Dr. King said.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 on the National Mall.

In conjunction with the dedication, Dr. King, Priests for Life, and a host of other pro-life organizations will host “Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Family Research Council at 801 G Street. The event will include a panel discussion, video presentations and a call to action.

Dr. King is available for interviews Monday, Aug. 22; Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26. To arrange an interview, please call Andre Kim at 347-286-7277.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life mourns the passing of Rev. Howard Creecy

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011





ATLANTA — Dr. Alveda C. King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, today mourned the passing of the Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
“Howard will be sorely missed. He was a man of integrity and deep compassion,” said Dr. King
Rev. Creecy, 57, died Thursday, July 28, at his Atlanta home. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
He was elected to lead the SCLC in January, when Bernice King, the daughter of SCLC co-founder Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., declined the position. A third-generation preacher, he also was the senior pastor of Olivet Church in Fayette, Ga.
When he assumed the SCLC post, Rev. Creecy acknowledged that internal divisions had troubled the 54-year-old organization in recent years. His goal was to get past those divisions and move the organization forward with a clearly defined mission.
SCLC spokesman Maynard Eaton told Reuters that Rev. Creecy “saved this organization. It was on the brink of disaster. He became this organization’s lifeline with his charisma and his preacher passion.”
Dr. King was looking forward to working with Rev. Creecy to raise awareness of the devastating impact of abortion on the African-American community.
“Howard and I spoke just a few weeks ago at a women’s conference honoring both our mothers. He stopped me in the hallway and said, ‘Alveda, we should meet soon. I am with you in the fight for life.’ He went on to say that he had attended a pro-life prayer meeting with Dr. Billy Graham, and had also participated in Operation Rescue pro-life rallies.”
Isaac Newton Farris Jr., a nephew of Martin Luther King Jr., has been named interim president, the organization said.
Rev. Creecy is survived by his wife, Yolanda Grier Creecy, and two children. The funeral will be Saturday at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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Dr. Alveda King Blasts Billboard “Censorship”

Friday, February 25th, 2011





New York–Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, released the following statement today regarding the billboard in Manhattan that proclaims: “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.” The billboard was taken down after pressure from local politicians and neighborhood residents.

“It is an outrageous act of censorship that this billboard was taken down,” Dr King said. “This billboard should be posted in every city of the country. And it should provoke outrage in the African-American community—not because it is racist, but because of the truth it reveals; the truth that is being kept from the African-American community.

“Black people in New York and all over the country should be outraged at the numbers of black babies we lose every single day to abortion. An astonishing 60 percent of African-American pregnancies in the five boroughs of New York City end in abortion. That’s unfathomable!

“Some people are angry about the billboard, but that anger is misplaced. We should all be upset and heartbroken that so many African-American women have bought into the lie that abortion will solve their problems. Legal abortion has been with us for 38 years, and the problems facing the African-American community have not gone away.”

Dr. King concluded: “The message of this billboard is totally accurate. The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb! It’s a travesty of justice that it is being taken down.”

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Alveda King Wins Cardinal O’Connor Pro-Life Award

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011





Father Frank Pavone announced today that Dr. Alveda King, full-time pastoral associate of Priests for Life and the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been selected to receive the Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award.

The award is bestowed each year by Legatus, the organization of Catholic business professionals founded by Tom Monaghan.

Dr. King is the fifth member of the Priests for Life team to receive this award. Previous recipients are Father Pavone, national director; Janet Morana, executive director and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign; Dr. Theresa Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, and Jerry Horn, senior advisor for media.

“This award for Alveda recognizes the tremendous progress she is making in awakening the African-American community to the violence of abortion,” Father Pavone said. “We thank Legatus for this honor and for their longstanding friendship to us and to the entire pro-life movement.”

Dr. King said the Cardinal O’Connor Award is an “encouragement, not only for this recipient, but for all the pro-life warriors who are inspired by the legacy of Cardinal O’Connor. The award comes with marching orders: Go forward with the message of life, liberty and justice for all, born and unborn!”

For more information on Dr. King’s work with Priests for Life, visit www.africanamericanoutreach.org

For more information on Legatus, visit www.legatus.org

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