It was a pleasant afternoon in Birmingham, Alabama. I pulled into the gas
station and got the attention of the woman who had just put gas in her car. My
guests and I asked her if she knew, by chance, the location of the house that
used to be the family home of Rev. A.D. King, the brother of Martin Luther King,
Jr. In fact, she did, and she led us there.
I had reason to find out, because in the car with me and my associate was Dr.
Alveda King, the daughter of A.D. and the niece of Martin. She had come to
Birmingham from Atlanta, where she resides, to be a guest on my television
program Defending Life. And now she wanted to take some time to revisit a
bittersweet memory -- the home where she lived as a young girl. It was a home
that was bombed by those who hated the civil rights activism of her family. In
fact, because of multiple bombings, the city of Birmingham was nicknamed "Bombingham."
We found the house. She pointed out where the bombing occurred and related
other memories. Then she wanted some time alone, and walked down the street for
a while. I knew that the experience touched her deeply, and after this visit to
her past, she was able to finish writing her new book, Sons of Thunder: The
King Family Legacy (available at
On a later occasion she told me how her memories coincided with her defense
of the unborn from abortion. Just as she and her family were comfortably in
their home, which should be a place of safety, but were violently attacked by
the bomb, so the unborn are in the womb, which should be a place of safety, but
is violently attacked by abortion.
Alveda is strongly pro-life, and speaks out on it constantly. In fact, as
someone who has experienced abortion, she is now part of Priests for Life s
Silent No More Awareness Campaign. On her website (www.KingForAmerica.com),
Alveda asks the poignant question, "How can the dream survive if we murder
the children?" She then goes on to say, "I join the voices of thousands
across America who can no longer sit idly by and allow this horrible spirit of
murder to cut down, yes cut out and cut away our unborn… This is the day to
choose life. We must live and allow our babies to live. If the Dream of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is to live, our babies must live."
I thank God for Alveda s voice on abortion. While Black women constitute
about 13% of the childbearing population, they have over one third of the
abortions -- not because they favor abortion as a people, but because they have
been targeted by the abortion industry. Unfortunately, so many Black leaders
fail to call their people to vote pro-life. Instead, they support pro-abortion
Especially in an election year, the voice of Dr. Alveda King is a welcome