Two champions in the fight for life were awarded the National Pro-Life Recognition Award by the National Pro-Life Religious Council this past Monday. Naomi Barber King of Atlanta and the Rev. Stephen Broden of Dallas received the awards Monday morning at the 17th annual Prayer Service for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, which took place in the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. King is the widow of the Rev. A.D. King, a civil rights leader and the brother of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Pastor Broden is the founder and senior pastor of Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church. Both are crusaders in the fight against the murder of unborn African-American babies.
Mrs. King’s commitment to life began when she changed her mind about aborting her daughter, Dr. Alveda King, who is now the full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life.
“My father-in-law, Martin Luther King Sr., told me he had a vision of my child and he wanted to meet the baby girl in his vision,” Mrs. King said.
At the age of 37, Mrs. King was left a widow with five children following the untimely death of her husband, who was a prominent civil rights leader in his own right.
“God gave me the strength to do all I had to after that,” said the soft-spoken Atlanta resident.
For last week’s observance of Martin Luther King Day, Mrs. King joined her daughter, her son, the Rev. Derek King, and Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, in signing a letter calling for equal rights and human dignity for children in the womb:
“We declare today that these children too are members of the Beloved Community, that our destiny is linked with theirs, and that therefore they deserve justice, equality and protection,” the signatories wrote.
Pastor Broden is an integral member of a coalition of African-American leaders who travel from coast to coast to spread the message that the black community is a target of the abortion industry.
“The threat to our nation’s liberties is perhaps greater now than at any other time in history, with the exception of those faced by our Founding Fathers,” Pastor Broden said. “The systematic stripping away of babies’ constitutional rights in the 21st century is unconscionable and inconsistent with the laws of nature and of nature’s God..”
Pastor Broden has been actively involved in the pro-life movement since 1983 and is the chief spokesman for the African-American pro-life movement in Dallas. He is a founder of Ebony Berean, an organization whose mission includes informing African-American pastors on issues related to life, family, and political liberty. He also serves as president of the Fair Park Friendship Center, a community resource center offering assistance to area families.
An outspoken advocate in Dallas for economic opportunity, quality education and respect for life, Pastor Broden was a Republican political candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 30th congressional district of Texas in November.
He is married to Donna W. Broden, with whom he has three grown children: Jamaal, Maia and Stephenie.
“This award recognizes individuals who have given steadfast witness to the Biblical Christian teaching on the sanctity of life,” said Father Frank Pavone, president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. “Mrs. King and Pastor Broden are more than deserving of this award.”