King shares her anti-abortion message
By Kiri Walton
The Gainesville Sun
March 29. 2007
Alveda King, the niece of Martin
Luther King Jr., told a room of about 70 people about her dream to help more
people fight what she calls "the war on the womb."
King came to speak at the
University of Florida on Wednesday night as part of her organization Priests for
Life, in conjunction with the campus Pro-Life Alliance to counteract "The
Margaret Sanger Play," which was being put on by Vox: Voices for Planned
Parenthood, during the same time at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
King taught college for 19 years
and served in the Georgia state House of Representatives for two terms.
She also was an actress on the
drama, "In The Heat of the Night."
She said she has had two
"How can the dream survive if we
murder the children?" she said. "I think we have an obligation to protest this
King explained how she came to be
an anti-abortion activist, and after showing her music video, "Latter Rain" in
which she sang and rapped, she opened the floor up to questions.
At 19, she went to her doctor who
she said performed an abortion without her knowledge. Abortion was not legal at
Later, King said she had her
second abortion because she was divorced and trying to get back with her
She said she believes she had a
miscarriage because of her previous abortions.
She attributes not having any
more abortions to the strong black men in her life, one being "Daddy King" or
Martin Luther King Sr.
When asked how she dealt with
accusations of pushing her faith on others, King said civil rights was founded
in the church, and that she has a Christian background that is deeply rooted
"I won't ring anybody by the neck
because they don't believe what I believe, but I will take them by the hand and
tell them they have to stop killing people," she said. "I make no apologies for
my Christian roots."
King said she considers herself
to be a civil rights activist, and that the issue of abortion is a civil rights
issue, with the civil right belonging to the baby, whom she said is the one in
need of an advocate.
"I'm pro-life, but this topic is
taboo in the African-American community," said Lauren Case, a student at UF and
employee at the Women's Resource Center, a crisis pregnancy and family planning
center in Gainesville.
"To have a public icon speak
about those issues is great because it's how we're going to get change," Case