“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Two Movements, One Vision
It was the annual March for Life in Washington D.C., held each January 22 to
call for equal protection for children in the womb. Dr. Alveda King, niece
of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life, was
marching together with National Director Fr. Frank Pavone, in the midst of
the vast crowd. Fr. Frank turned to Alveda and asked, “Does this remind
you of the marches with your uncle in the civil rights movement?”
Alveda responded, “Fr. Frank, this is the
civil rights movement!”
Indeed, the civil rights movement and the pro-life movement have the same
heart and soul – the dignity and equality of every human life. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and his colleagues applied that truth to the evil of segregation.
Today, pro-life activists apply that very same truth to the evil of
On Christmas of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. preached the following words:
"Now let me say that the next thing we must be concerned about if we are
to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent
affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. Every man is somebody
because he is a child of God…Man is more than a tiny vagary of whirling
electrons or a wisp of smoke from a limitless smoldering. Man is a child of
God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we
truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won't exploit
people, we won't trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we
won't kill anybody."
Nothing in American claims more lives than abortion, with some 1.2 million
children being killed each year.
And the African-American community bears a disproportionate number of these
abortions. Although blacks make up 13% of the US population, black women
have some 36% of the abortions. A Black baby is 5 times more likely to be
killed in the womb than a White Baby.
Some 1,784 African-American children are killed by abortion each day.
Abortion in the African-American community has killed more than has AIDS,
cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and violent crime combined.
For every two African American women that get pregnant one will choose to
Some 3,446 Blacks were lynched in the U.S. between 1882 and 1968, That
number is surpassed in less than 3 days by abortion.
Every week more African-Americans are killed by abortion than all people
killed in the Viet Nam war
Since 1973, abortion has wiped out over 25% of the African-American
(See more statistics, drawn from the Alan Guttmacher Institute and the
Centers for Disease Control, at
These statistics are disturbing, yet even more disturbing is the explanation
for this trend. The high rate of abortion among African-Americans is not
because of a disdain for life and family in that community.
As demonstrated by the documentary film “Maafa 21”
legal abortion is an extension of the eugenics movement, which has been
closely allied with the organization that became Planned Parenthood, and
clearly marked by an effort to rid America of its black population. First
there was slavery, then an effort to force sterilization upon
African-Americans, and finally the legalization of abortion. Margaret
Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s founder, had close ties with the American
Eugenics Society and even wanted to merge the two organizations.
Planned Parenthood now operates the largest chain of abortion clinics in the
United States, and an estimated 78% of them are located in minority
The film “Maafa 21”
clearly documents the
disturbing mindset linking eugenics, Planned Parenthood, and Black Genocide.
Priests for Life, through its “African American Outreach,” led by Dr. Alveda
King, seeks to expose these truths, awaken all Americans to their
implications, and lead people to constructive activities to end abortion.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, says, “The question is not, ‘How do
we involve African-Americans in the pro-life movement?’
, as if we are
inviting them to a movement that belongs to someone else. Rather, the
pro-life movement already belongs as much to African-Americans as to anyone
else. We need to help everyone realize that and encourage African-Americans
and all citizens to take their part in this movement for justice and
Dr. Alveda King, along with the entire pastoral team of Priests for Life,
travels the nation, meeting with key leaders, pastors, and the general
public, to educate them about abortion, the alternatives to abortion, and
the changes that need to take place in public policy concerning abortion.
The team engages in extensive media work and Church activation.
Moreover, Dr. King, who has had two abortions, speaks out about the pain of
that experience, and the healing she found afterwards. In this role, she and
many others belong to the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a major project
of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life.
You can be involved in our many programs and projects to promote
freedom from the slavery of abortion. Among these are
Our Prayer Campaign:
Silent No More Awareness Campaign:
Defund Planned Parenthood Project
Maafa 21 Film Project
Pro-life Freedom Rides (www.ProLifeFreedomRides.com)
Life, Liberty and Justice Lecture Series
African American Prayer Breakfasts for Life
Restoring the Value of Marriage, Life, Family and Community in America
The Impact of Life in the Social Justice System
Find out more about our efforts at
A Word from African-American
“My father, the late Rev. A.D. King fought by my uncle’s side in the 20th
Century Civil Rights Movement. They were battling the issue of personhood
denied on the basis of the color of a human being’s skin. Their battles
paved the way for an end to legalized segregation in this country.
“I know firsthand how it feels to be considered a ‘non-person.’ So today, I
join other warriors to speak out on behalf of the youngest members of our
human family ... namely, our unborn brothers and sisters. Over 150 years
after slavery was abolished, an entire class of Americans is still treated
as nothing more than property. Babies living in their mothers’ wombs are
regarded by our laws as non-persons. It's a tragedy and a disgrace.”
-- Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach, Priests
“Dred Scott and all slaves were told that they were not persons but property
and we’re telling babies in the womb that they are not children but that
they are the property of their mother. It was ‘inconvenient’ for the
slaveholders to not have slaves; and it’s ‘inconvenient’ for mothers to have
children they don’t want. But that doesn’t make them any less human.”
-- Lynne Jackson, great, great-granddaughter of Dred Scott
“Our entire history here in this country has just been a press for life, a
push for life…The Middle Passage, coming over from Africa, to survive, to
live under a brutal chattel slavery system, where we were treated as nothing
more than property. We have pushed for life through that.
And then through the Civil War we finally had freedom, at least a declared
freedom. But we learned there was so much more to freedom. We had to be free
in our mind, free to earn a living for our families, and so we continued to
push forward for life…
But only to be disappointed and pushed back through a failed Reconstruction
and through an increase in lynchings and through an upsurge in violence. And
yet again we’re pushing forward for life.
And so my great grandfather came on the scene and he illustrates what just
one life can accomplish – just an ordinary life, but one that’s governed by
God and wants to see betterment for all. He was called a minister of
reconciliation. He said he would never let a man make him stoop so low as to
hate him and would never let his grievances overshadow his opportunities.
And he was saying it was an act of his will, for he had every right to be
full of anger and hatred and bitterness.
And yet we were pushing for the fullness of life.
And then there was Dr. King, and it was like the culmination. Finally, we
had civil rights. He opened up that opportunity for us to really pursue
All this is germaine to the issue of life that we speak about now. As a
people today, when we hear that there are so many abortions in the Black
Community, it’s so much against who we are as a people. And we’ve got to
make it known to our people that our whole existence in this country has
been about the right to life. So how dare we snuff it out!”
-- Gloria Jackson, great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington
“Womb lynching is as bad as using a noose and a tree… When Blacks see
Maafa21, there will be no more Black ‘pro-choice’ politicians. They will not
allow them to be elected because this film will rip the veil of secrecy from
their eyes and they will see what’s really going down. They will rise up and
take to the streets to end legalized abortion because it is nothing more
than Black genocide!”
-- Dr. Johnny Hunter, National Director, LEARN (Life Education and
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• Every Black journalist in the country!
• Every professor at every Black college in the country! And most important
of all ...
• Every Black pastor of every Black church in America!
• Every African American family
• Every member of the African American Community
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