â€œDonâ€™t let anyone use the name and legacy of Uncle Martin Luther King to promote death. He was a man of God.â€ â€“ Dr. Alveda King
EL CENTRO â€” Martin Luther King, Jr.â€™s niece, Dr. Alveda King, is carrying her uncleâ€™s torch in promoting peace and justice in the United States. Today, King has come to the Imperial Valley to pray with concerned citizens regarding the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic in El Centro.
Continuing her quote from above in reference to her uncle, King stated, â€œPlease donâ€™t allow the leaders in El Centro, or anyone for that matter, whether itâ€™s ISIS, race riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, or anywhere; donâ€™t let anyone use the name and legacy of Uncle MLK to promote death. He was a man of God.â€
King is the director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. Â Currently, she is on an extended tour entitled the â€œPeace and Justice Tour,â€ which aims to promote peace, justice, and â€œrighteous civil rights,â€ and to promote her book, “King Rules” as well.
Published by Thomas Nelson, the book is “a deeply personal collection of hard-learned lessons, timeless truths, and foundational principles,” according to the publishing company.
Pausing in Imperial Valley at this point in her tour, King opened her time here Monday night with a press conference followed by a time of worship and prayer. She will also address the El Centro City Council during its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
King, who is outspokenly pro-life, is scheduled to speak at City Hall, representing the pro-life movement and speaking on behalf of citizens of the Valley concerned about the establishment of a Planned Parenthood here.
â€œEveryone knows that Planned Parenthood is after money, offering abortion and harmful byproducts; and in that process they target the most vulnerable American women and families: Latinos and African Americans,â€ she remarked.
â€œThese women donâ€™t need death care, they need help,” King said. “Pregnancy care centers, adoption and agape love are available in El Centro. Families just need to know where to look.â€
King has been a longtime advocate for civil rights, having grown up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During that time, her family home was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama, as was her fatherâ€™s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. At one point King was even jailed during the open housing movement.
Currently, King sees the pro-life movement as an extension of the civil rights crusade. She stated, â€œthere are many â€˜Macedonian Callsâ€™ lately, asking me and my team to come over and pray about currents events and pressing concerns. (In the Imperial Valley) there is a disconnect in the community that must be addressed in prayer.â€
King said she sees a â€œstrange dichotomyâ€ taking place in the Imperial Valley, regarding the recent opening of a new Martin Luther King Jr. Sports Pavilion in El Centro, and a planned abortion clinic opening in the same town.
In response to this, King noted, â€œThe MLK Pavilion offers help for the youth of the community, while the Planned Parenthood facility offers death.â€
She furthered these comments by stating, â€œThe Pavilion is open, now itâ€™s time to pray that Planned Parenthood doesnâ€™t move in with its well-planned killing machine.â€
King will also be present toÂ support the â€œBaby Shower for Lifeâ€ event hosted by the Imperial Valley Coalition for Life, directly before the El Centro city council meeting, at 5 p.m. The event aims to become the “biggest and best baby shower ever held in the Imperial Valley,” according to a press release from the coalition.
The goal of this is to demonstrate to the city council and Imperial Valley residents what Valley pro-life citizens stand for, which is helping those in need find options.