On the final day of Black History Month and the day before Super Tuesday, Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, announced that she is re-launching her African-American outreach initiative with the pro-life group Priests for Life as “Civil Rights for the Unborn.”
“Now is the time to give the babies a chance to be born to make history, to be born to live to cast their votes,” King said in a statement.
King will continue her leadership of the program under its new name.
“Our new name reflects what Priests for Life’s African-American Outreach program has always been — an arm of the civil rights movement to which my family has dedicated our lives,” said Dr. King. “On this last day of Black History Month, we reaffirm that, acting under the banner Civil Rights for the Unborn, we will clearly and forcefully continue to heighten awareness in the black community that civil rights begin when life begins.”
Civil Rights for the Unborn will continue to raise awareness for the pro-life movement and work to elect pro-life leaders to public office.
“My prayer is that we elect a pro-life president,” Dr. King said. “That’s a priority.”
Father Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life, praised King’s work and leadership.
“The right to life is both a civil right and the foundation of all other civil rights,” Pavone said in a statement. “With Alveda’s leadership, Civil Rights for the Unborn will proclaim these truths to the African-American community, which has been so disproportionately devastated by abortion.”