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‘Defend life,’ says niece of MLK

Alveda King travels the country, speaking at colleges, rallies and on talk shows. PHOTO/MATTHEW E. SEMRAU

Alveda King travels the country, speaking at colleges, rallies and on talk shows. PHOTO/MATTHEW E. SEMRAU

BY MATTHEW E. SEMRAU
OU News Bureau

Abortion is the greatest civil rights injustice of our generation, according to Alveda King, niece of famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

“Where’s the lawyer for the baby?” King said. “If we murder the children, ain’t justice anywhere. It’s a great injustice everywhere,”

King, who said she had two abortions herself, has since become an outspoken pro-life and civil rights advocate.

“I realized I had been involved in the death of three of my children,” King said.

One doctor aborted her child without her consent, a second she aborted on her own accord, and a third miscarried as a result of injuries King attributes to the abortions.

King made her remarks at a student rally for Students for Life of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, in late October.

King recounted her turning point. She had conceived again and planned on aborting her child. This time, she discussed her plans with her grandfather, Martin Luther King Sr.

“They’re lying to you. That’s not a lump of flesh. That’s my great grandchild. No,” she recalled him saying.

The extended King family was a major part of her speech. Last June, King published a book, “King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family, and Our Nation to Prosper.”

The book discusses major principles that, according to King, the family has abided by for eight generations.

King outlined several of the rules at the rally — including the need for a quality education, valuing family and fostering Christian values in the home. However, the focal point was another.

“Defend life,” King told her audience. “That’s not just for the little babies. The sick, the elderly, all people. Life is precious, it’s a gift.”

King is no stranger to criticism. Some have claimed she is exploiting her uncle’s name.

“I was born into the King legacy, I have a place,” King responded.  “I have my own name. It is Alveda Celeste King.”

Despite the accusations, King remained conciliatory.

“It is love that unites people, not arguments,” King said in an interview after the rally. “When we have opinions that differ, we should learn to resolve those with respect and regard for each other.”

 

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