Dr. Alveda King to Join African American Leaders at Juneteenth Screenings of “MAAFA 21” in Washington, DC


Contact:  Margaret, 888-735-3448, ext. 251

Date: June 18, 2009 

Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will join other African American leaders on Capitol Hill today and tomorrow to celebrate Juneteenth and the premiere of the new film documenting black genocide in the 21st century, MAAFA 21.

“Juneteenth, the day slavery finally ended in the United States, was a turning point in the struggle for equal rights,” said Dr. King. “It’s appropriate that we honor that momentous occasion with the viewing of a powerful film that shows how the struggle still continues, as African Americans and all Americans press on to secure the most basic human right, the right to life.”

MAAFA 21, a new DVD documentary about eugenics, abortion, and the African American community, will premiere tonight at 6:30 pm at the Capitol Visitors Center’s Atrium and Auditorium following a 6:00 pm reception. Hosts include Priests for Life African American Outreach, Gerard Health Foundation, National Black Pro-Life Union, LEARN Network, and Students for Life. Honorary Host of the event is Congressman Trent Franks.

At noon tomorrow, the day of Juneteenth, a panel discussion and showing of MAAFA 21 will be held at the Cannon House Office Building’s Caucus Room.

All events are nonpartisan and open to the public.

“MAAFA 21must be seen by everyone who values freedom and equal rights,” added Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “I urge everyone in the Washington, DC area not to miss this chance to be among the first to see what everyone will be talking about.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit

7 Responses to “MAAFA 21”

  1. Nelly Khayat says:

    My name is Nelly and I am a Client Advocate Supervisor for RealOptions, formerly known as CPC (Community Pregnancy Centers). I am excited to announce my new position as Campus Director for the Campus Pregnancy Support Team, an affiliate of RealOptions, located at San José State University. The Campus Pregnancy Support Team (CPST) is a non-political registered student service club, giving us access to the campus and all of the services available to student clubs.

    CPST aims to be a resource by college students for college students who are involved with a pregnancy. Club members are knowledgeable on support services available in and around San Jose State University. Examples of services include free pregnancy testing, free ultrasound referrals, and options counseling. By providing education and support through trained client advocates, CPST and RealOptions hope to objectively present the options available in these situations.

    Being on campus is a very strategic location; it is an opportunity to reach an underserved population. According to the Guttmacher Institute “one half of all abortions are performed on college age women.” Our desire is to insure the men and women facing these choices can make an informed decision. We offer club membership to any student, male and female, who may be interested in joining this critical work.

    1. Serve the cause of Christ on campus.

    2. Serve his fellow students

    3. Make friends with like minded students

    4. Mature in Christ through service

    To promote the culture of life and abstinence on campus we are planning on showing the film Maafa 21 to the students at the MLK libary shared by the colledge and the San Jose public.

    To learn more about our organization, visit our club website at and our affiliate website at

    His for Life,

  2. Nelly says:

    Please respond to invitation to visit Realoptions campus Pregnancy Support team at San Jose State in California

  3. alv3d@ says:

    I have forwarded this message to Dr. King’s travel coordinator for processing.

    In God’s serivce,
    Eugene Vigil
    Asst. to Dr. Alveda King
    Priests for Life

  4. Emma sent me here and I am starting to browse through your site. Positive job so far. Do you have an rss feed? I want to add it to my Google feeds.

  5. Thomas Potts says:

    Alveda , I have seen you speak calmly after many tragic events. A voice of calm in a sea of extremist outrage. I ordered copies of your video, several years ago. I sent a few of them out, and also sent links to your website many times over the past few years. I am a very old fashioned Calvinist, who can not believe that any women can be a pastor or priest, due to the requirements put out in the Holy Scripture. But you seem to be and I imagine you are very much a very fine Christian women who demonstrates true love and devotion to your fellow members of your church body. I just want to say to you that your way of love and reconciliation is the right way forward for your community. I hope and trust that you and the older gentlemen from your community, can gain confidences of your young folks to live their lives to honor Jesus the way that you do in a very public way. God bless you Alveda.

  6. Thomas Potts says:

    It does not matter how many or how few folks respond to you Alveda. You are living in a great cloud of witnesses of which you are too, one of them. Our pastor is preaching for the last two months, the book of Hebrews and now, the hall of fame, Hebrews 11. Your uncle Martin is in that great cloud now, looking over you now. And me as well. But I have never stepped out like you have.

  7. Alveda King says:

    Thank you Thomas for those words of encouragement.

    God bless!

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