Rose: The Legacy of the Rev. Dr. King

 As today celebrates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, I thought it fitting to talk about him and that legacy. I would be shocked to find someone in America who did not  know who this great man was, let alone what his legacy is. I would expect to hear at least the initials “MLK” in response to anyone who was asked the author of the “I Have a Dream” speech.  Most should know that Rev. King sought peace, equality, liberty, and unity. People know these things. Yet in the course of time, many have forgotten a group of people whom he also fought for. This is a group of people who were at risk then and are perhaps at a greater risk now. Though many have denied them their life and liberty, some are still speaking out for them. This is a group of people who are fought for by his niece, Dr. Alveda King; they and she are who I will talk about today.

Many have, do, and will claim to follow in the footsteps of this great man, but none hold to Rev. King’s beliefs or work as hard as he did than this woman. No, she is not heard of much, and you might have never heard her name, but she is out there fighting for the lives of the unborn just as strongly today as her uncle fought for justice during his day. Yet from the time of the march till now, the future children that he spoke about have not gotten better, but worse. In that time, Planned Parenthood has expanded from “birth control” to advocating murder on demand. Alveda King agreed with a recent billboard that stated, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb” (Starr). Instead of supporting the removal of the billboard, she said it should be “posted in every city” (Starr).

Regarding the abortion industry, she says that the truth is being hidden from the African-American community; they do not know of the number of babies that are aborted (Starr). They do not know that Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who supported eugenics, specifically of the African-American population. Alveda King said,

“Black people in New York and all over the country should be outraged at the numbers of black babies we lose every single day to abortion. … An astonishing 60 percent of African-American pregnancies in the five boroughs of New York City end in abortion. That’s unfathomable.”

In addition, Alveda King points out that, as they have always done, Planned Parenthood focuses most of its facilities, “78% of abortion clinics,” in minority neighborhoods (King).  Across the county, more than a third of abortions are of African-American children, despite their being a minority population (Hodges). She also notes that in the past, Sanger enlisted “the help of black ministers” to further the goal of killing off this population.

“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” ~ Margaret Sanger

While many advocate for abortion in minority communities and excuse infanticide because, as they say, these women need abortion to succeed, they do not speak the truth. Abortion does not help or empower women, least of all those of African descent. No, abortion kills them and their children, deprives them of motherhood, exterminates them. It makes them a victim. Alveda King warns people, saying,

To this day many in the Black Community continue to defend Planned Parenthood while still many others in the community don’t have any idea about the agenda of Planned Parenthood. But there are those, like Al Sharpton and Sister Song, who are in leadership positions that know of Planned Parenthood’s agenda but refuse to accept the facts and continue to back their play against people of color.The Black Community needs to unite and let Planned Parenthood know that we have value, we matter and we will not stand by as they continue to kill our future generations.

Despite the fact that many leaders support Planned Parenthood and abortion on demand, this is not something that Rev. King would have wanted. He spoke out for the family, especially for it to be unified in light of the “emerging epidemic of fatherless homes” and “the breakdown of the family due to premarital sex” (Schilling). He was against abortion as it broke down the family, it was often the result of fatherless homes, and it was a great evil (Schilling). Along with single parent and fatherless households, abortion has risen astronomically in the African-American community.  Alveda King described her uncle thus: “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-family” (Schilling).

People may or may not know that Planned Parenthood offered him an award, but he was most wary in receiving it, and in the end, it was only accepted by his wife, not him (Schilling). As the above quote by Sanger should suggest, it is doubtful that Planned Parenthood’s intentions were noble. He was not an advocate for abortion, despite Planned Parenthood’s praise of him. Their praise is deceptive, especially when they speak on “reproductive health rights” and “worldwide family planning” (Schilling). Alveda King writes,

The bigger problem is that this simply isn’t true. In the Planned Parenthood lexicon, phrases like ‘reproductive health rights’ and ‘worldwide voluntary family planning’ are code for abortion, which my uncle never advocated. I know this because I grew up in the same values system that nurtured him …Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. A woman has a right to say what she will do with her body. The baby is not her body.

Instead, it is an injustice that they are killed, either indiscriminately or discriminately. Both are wrong. And Rev. King is not without his voice either. Though he was speaking on the early Church, he was clear when he said that, “By their effort and example they brought to an end such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests” (Letter from Birmingham Jail). He also implies such duties to responsibility, justice, and the next generation in the following:

“The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” (Priests for Life)


People know about the Reverend. They know he stood for equality and peace, yet they shun those same opportunities to the unborn today. The leaders who support abortion, especially Planned Parenthood, know the deception and know the ultimate goal of abortion. Like Europe under Nazi control, this is another tactic for the extermination of the less desirableness, as they are called. It is sickening. Sadly, most have been beguiled by the lies.

Abortion needs to end. I am thankful that people like Alveda King recognize abortion for what it is: evil and murder. The legacy of Rev. King is the same as the Founding Fathers: all men are created equal and deserve the right to life and liberty, and that these rights are given by the Creator (“The Declaration of Independence.”; “I Have a Dream…”). Are we going to continue the legacy of life and liberty, or the opposite? If you have trouble deciding, consider this:

Little black boys and girls will never hold hands with little white boys and girls if they have all been murdered before they are born.

Will we someday look back on abortion as we do on slavery? We will wonder how people could have ever thought this was a right thing to do? How long do we let this continue? How will our descendants look on us tomorrow if we do not fight for the lives of the unborn today?

Blessings with you and yours,

~ Rose


Works Referenced

Hodges, Mark. “CDC: 35% of aborted babies are black.”, 5 Dec. 2016. Accessed 15 Jan. 2018.

King, Alveda. “Eugenics and Planned Parenthood.” Priests for Life: Alveda King’s Blog, Priests for Life, 27 June 2011. Accessed 15 Jan. 2018.

King, Martin Luther. “I Have a Dream…“. Archives. 1963. Accessed 15 Jan. 2018.

Priests for Life. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights of the Unborn.” Priests for Life, Priests for Life. Accessed 15 Jan. 2018.

Rev. King jr., Martin L. “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” King Encyclopedia, 16 Apr. 1963. Accessed 15 Jan. 2018.

Schilling, Chelsea. “King Niece: Planned Parenthood Falsely Portrays MLK as Pro-Abortion.”, 10 Aug. Accessed 15 Jan. 2018.

Starr, Penny. “Alveda King: ‘The Most Dangerous Place for An African American Is in the Womb’.”, 25 Feb. 2011. Accessed 15 Jan. 2018.

“The Declaration of Independence.” The Heritage Foundation. 4 July 1776. Rpt. 2008. Print.


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