1/26/2013 3:51:00 PM Pro-life movement seen as continuation of civil rights
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Alveda King, niece of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks outside the Supreme Court in 2008.
EUGENE — Marist High School and its student pro-life group are hosting the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for a Feb. 4 talk. Alveda King, a civil rights and pro-life activist, will address an all-school assembly at 9:25 a.m. in the school gym.
This winter marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. But the issue is far from settled in U.S. culture.
At 12:30 p.m., King will help lead prayer outside of Planned Parenthood in Eugene, 3579 Franklin Boulevard. At 7 p.m., she gives a presentation, "Can the Dream Survive?" at the University of Oregon in PLC 180, sponsored by Students for Life at the University of Oregon.
Daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, Alveda King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ken. Alveda King was jailed during the open housing movement. She sees the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.
She currently serves as a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. She is also a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions, God’s forgiveness, and healing.