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Date: June 11, 2008

Juneteenth Observance Reminds Us that Some Americans’ Rights Are Still Not Recognized Says Dr. Alveda King

Atlanta, GA – The upcoming Juneteenth holiday marks the end of slavery in the United States, but the oppression of some Americans’ rights continues, Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life, said today.

“We gladly and rightfully celebrate June 19th as the day African American enslavement officially ended in all parts of the United States,” said Dr. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Over 150 years later, however, an entire class of Americans is still treated as nothing more than property. Babies living in their mothers’ wombs are regarded by our laws as non-persons. It’s a tragedy and a disgrace.”

“Juneteenth reminds us that the recognition and protection of basic human rights can take a long time, but it also reminds us that American society can change so as to honor its founding principles,” added Dr. King. “I look forward to the day when we can celebrate a holiday commemorating the end of the most devastating and dehumanizing practice since slavery, abortion.”

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