On this episode of the Wise Counsel Project, Gary Martin Hays interviews Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Director of African American Outreach with Priests For Life (http://www.priestsforlife.org). Dr.Alveda King is also a former member of the House of Representatives, a former college professor, a best selling author, a mother and a doting grandmother.
After reading Proverbs 13:20, ‘Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm’, Dr.Alveda King asserts that no matter how young or old one is, all still need wisdom. She, herself seeks wisdom from those around her and mentions Father Pavone, who works with her at Priests For Life, as one of those mentors.
For 10 years, Dr. King has been educating the public about the detrimental effects of abortion on communities, particularly amongst the African American community. Dr. King describes herself as a non-denominational Christian working for a Catholic organization.
In the past Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the civil rights of blacks and now his niece fights for the civil rights of pre-born children and their parents in a campaign named #iSEETWO. Those behind this campaign desire the recognition of two very distinct lives with two different sets of DNA. This January there will be a march for life in Washington D.C. and a walk for life in California.
Dr. King, who used to be a pro-choice advocate claims that being uninformed and not walking with the wise is what brought her to those conclusions. She gives recognition to her grandfather as being instrumental in convincing Alveda to keep her baby. Consequently, years before, Daddy King had the same talk with Alveda’s own mother about keeping her. She became pro-life in 1983 when she considers herself “born again”. For men and women who have been through an abortion and are struggling with the decision they made Dr. King offers help at www.silentnomoreawareness.org.
Gary and Alveda also talk about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and what the holiday of MLK Day should mean to people in the United States.Dr. Alveda King- Episode 24 Wise Counsel Project with Gary Martin Hays from Gary Martin Hays on Vimeo.
On this episode of the Wise Counsel Project, Gary Martin Hays concludes his interview with Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King talks about what Martin Luther King, Jr. day should mean to the country. She describes her uncle as godly, though imperfect and extremely humble. Alveda considers it an honor to celebrate a holiday which bears his name. Unfortunately, though, the generation of young people today do not seem to make the connection with our country’s history. Bibles and prayer have been taken out of schools. Often the Constitution is not studied.
For this reason, Dr. King encourages people who use the public school system to insist that past curriculums be reinstated. She encourages people to talk to their elected officials and to pray for those in authority that our children will once again have these opportunities.
Alveda recalls fondly, family memories that she shared with Gary. One in particular was her father promoting peace in the face of the tempest cultural climate surrounding him. Both her father and uncle used non-violent methods to convey their attitudes and beliefs in the hopes that change would occur. As her family has done for generations, she encourages all people to come together and to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.