Birmingham, AL – Welcome, and God’s greatest blessings to each and every one gathered here today. I have a dream, it’s in my genes! As the daughter of Rev. A. D. King, whose image is reflected in the statue of the praying ministers here in Kelly Ingram Park, the granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. who said he would never stoop so low as to let anyone cause him to hate, and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I greet you in the name of Jesus.
When I lived in Birmingham, when our home was bombed in this very city, when my classmate was part of the group of four little girls killed in the bombing of historical Sixteenth Street Baptist Church across the way, I dreamed of a world when life would be better, when justice would prevail for all. Now, today, almost 50 years later, we pay tribute to the Freedom Riders of 1961, some who gave their lives for our freedom, all who gave their hearts and souls for justice.
Today, as Director of African American Outreach of Priests for Life, I join my fellow Prolife Freedom Riders. We join our lives and hearts together with those who have gone before us, we take to the bus, to the streets of America, riding for justice and freedom for all, from conception till natural death.
A woman has a right to choose what she does with her body. The baby is not her body. Where is the lawyer for the babies whose civil rights are violated by the act of abortion? How can the dream survive if we murder our children?
We pray for an end to all violence in America, especially the violent acts of abortion which kill our children, wound our mothers and cripple our society. Decades ago, my uncle, Dr. King quoted the prophet Amos, calling for justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. May his dream live on in us today, as we sound the Clarion Call for Life!