Firing of Black Pro-Life Woman by YWCA a “Sad Commentary” on the Organization Says Dr. Alveda King


Priests for Life




Atlanta, GA – The firing of a young African American woman by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati allegedly for organizing a pro-life presentation has drawn the criticism of Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Ms. Shannon Nixon was recently terminated by the YWCA after inviting a black pro-life speaker to address a group of predominantly African American, low income women.

"The YWCA's slogan is 'eliminating racism, empowering women,' yet when a program designed to do just that is presented, the YWCA fires the woman who organized the event,” said Dr. King.  “It’s a sad commentary on the ‘Y’ when a group that has the word Christian in its title silences those who would want young women to choose life.  It’s even sadder that a group that claims to want to eliminate racism welcomes speakers who champion an abortion industry that has eliminated a major portion of the African American population.”

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