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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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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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Honoring Martin Luther King

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Today our nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought for the equal dignity of every human life against the evil of segregation. “If we are to have peace on earth,” he wrote, “we must be concerned about…the sacredness of all human life. Man is a child of God, made in His image, and must be respected as such.” When we truly believe this, he continued, “we won’t kill anybody.” Many who knew Dr. King assert that if he were alive today, he would be with us in the pro-life movement. We should note that in Dr. King we honor a man who broke the law and was thrown in jail, because he was opposing a law that was unjust. It’s a good reminder, especially for those who think that no law should ever be broken.

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Father Pavone to Join King Family at Commemoration

Friday, January 14th, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, will be a guest of the King family Monday at a celebration of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church. This year marks 25 years since the designation of Jan. 15 as a federal holiday set aside to honor and remember the non-violent civil rights activism of Rev. King.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. was an advocate for the oppressed, and no one is more oppressed than the 52 million unborn children who have been killed in the womb,” said Father Pavone, who will join Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, executive director, at the service.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church. On Sunday at 11 a.m., Father Pavone will preach at the Believers Bible Christian Church, 3689 Campbellton Rd., Atlanta.

Last year Priests for Life launched Pro-Life Freedom Rides for the Unborn to raise awareness of the high rate of abortion in the African-American community. The rides, which began with a trip from Birmingham to Atlanta in July, helped solidify ties among a coalition of pro-life African-American leaders from across the country who are committed to ending the genocide of black babies.

“Certainly in this decade America has become pro-life,” Dr. King said. “We are moving toward a victory. My uncle would always say, ‘Truth crushed to earth will rise again.’ And the truth for life is arising for America.”

Since he took over as national director in 1993, Father Pavone has transformed Priests for Life into an internationally recognized organization that fights for the rights of unborn children, and of their mothers and fathers, and has become a family of ministries serving the Church worldwide. Priests for Life is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church working to end abortion and euthanasia.

Priests for Life empowers priests, seminarians, deacons and lay leaders to become more effective champions of life. Priests for Life also operates the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion – Rachel’s’ Vineyard. In partnership with Anglicans for Life, Priests for Life also coordinates the worldwide Silent No More Awareness Campaign, whereby those who have been healed give public witness about how abortion hurt them.

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The Center Against Forced Abortions

Monday, November 8th, 2010

What happens in a legal abortion clinic if a girl comes to get the abortion because she is being forced, but she is too scared to say anything?

The Center Against Forced Abortions, a new initiative in the pro-life movement, is distributing a letter, prepared by Life Dynamics, that can be sent to an abortion mill warning them against performing an abortion on a particular person who is being forced. Clergy or pregnancy center counselors who encounter such girls can assist her and have her sign the letter, which alerts the clinic that she is under duress, and that when she arrives she may not be in a position to say so. If the abortion is performed anyway, the clinic can be subject to various forms of criminal prosecution and/or civil liability.

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“All” Means Everyone

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The nation’s first Freedom Rides for the unborn were held this summer, under the leadership of Priests for Life and Dr. Alveda King. Most of the civil rights leaders with whom we have spoken understand the connection between the civil rights movement and the pro-life movement, because they understand the common principle involved: the sacredness and equal dignity of every human life, despite differences in the circumstances under which that life is lived.

A few, however, do not understand it, and to them we ask: when civil rights activists declared that all people were equal, exactly which people were they not referring to? When Dr King asserted that nonviolence was the only appropriate response to a problem, exactly which people was he saying would be appropriate victims after all?

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Article from The Birmingham News

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Anti-abortion rally launches “Pro-Life Freedom Ride”

Invoking the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, anti-abortion clergy members and their supporters gathered tonight at the BJCC to embark on a “Pro-Life Freedom Ride.”

The group, Priests For Life, plans to hold a prayer vigil Saturday morning at Birmingham’s Planned Parenthood before departing for Atlanta, where they will hold a service at King’s tomb.

King’s niece, Alveda King, is the director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and was present at tonight’s rally.

“I have no doubt that if they were alive, my uncle Martin and my father A.D. would be with us on these Freedom Rides for the unborn,” she said in a statement issued prior to the rally.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told the audience tonight that they fight for “equal protection for our youngest brothers and sisters.”

The anti-abortion movement, Pavone said, is a natural extension of the civil rights crusade King championed until his death in 1968 as they seek “nonviolence against the unborn.”

Pavone said they reach out to women contemplating abortion or who have had an abortion.

“We are a movement that reaches out to those who are oppressed. Come to us, we will help you,” Pavone said.

“It’s not a matter of freedom of choice. It’s a matter of people who feel they have no freedom and no choice.”

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First Pro-Life Freedom Ride Events This Weekend

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Birmingham, AL – The nation’s first Pro-Life Freedom Ride for the Unborn launches tomorrow, to start with a rally/concert in Birmingham tonight and conclude with a prayer service at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, will lead the Freedom Ride along with other civil rights activists, clergy, and the Priests for Life pastoral team. “The pro-life movement is the civil rights movement,” declares Dr. King. “We will ride this summer for the same cause as those who rode almost fifty years ago, that every single human being is worthy of equal protection under the law.”

Tonight’s 7:00 pm event at the Birmingham Jefferson County Convention Complex Theatre will feature speakers, music, and the premiere performance of “The Least of These,” a new pro-life anthem written and performed by Jamie Owens Collins.

Saturday at 9:00 am, Freedom Riders will hold a prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood abortion center on Birmingham’s 27th Place South before boarding the bus for Atlanta at 11:30 am. At the ride’s conclusion, a prayer will be offered at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This launches a new chapter in the pro-life movement,” adds Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “It’s time to cash the check from the vaults of freedom and justice in America on behalf of children in the womb.”

More info at ProLifeFreedomRides.com

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Pro-Abortion Groups Protesting Freedom Rides

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that various pro-abortion groups in the Atlanta area are protesting the Freedom Rides, which will arrive in Atlanta on Saturday to pray at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“These groups accuse us of lying and distorting historical facts,” Fr. Frank said, “but the Freedom Rides intend to show the nation the truth about abortion. Abortionist Martin Haskell has said under oath, describing the abortion procedure, ‘The skull is brought out in fragments rather than as a unified piece.’ Do these pro-abortion fanatics really expect us to believe that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would want that kind of violence legally protected?”

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., declared, “I have no doubt that if they were alive, my uncle Martin and my father A.D. would be with us on these Freedom Rides for the unborn.”

The pro-abortion groups have sought to deny the pro-life groups the use of the King Center, and plan to have their own counter-demonstration.

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Spread the Word

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

In time for the pro-life Freedom Rides, Priests for Life has done professional research about the Black community and abortion. We found that Pregnancy Centers were little known, yet widely embraced among Blacks, who were nearly ten times as likely to have a positive view than a negative view of the centers. But they still don’t know about the locations, accessibility, and services of these centers.

It is no surprise that the abortion industry always tries to discredit these centers. They know that for each mother who brings her child to birth, the abortion industry has lost business. Let’s make known the work of pregnancy centers, and get people to them before they go to the abortion clinic.

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