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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for personal comfort and safety.”  

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

June 2006


This is an open letter to appeal to all people who respect the work, life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More specifically, it is a wake-up call to the African American community.  As a mature, Black, female living in America, my heart weeps every time I hear or see stories about our youth cut down in acts of senseless violence. Time after time, I have asked the question, HOW CAN THE DREAM SURVIVE IF WE MURDER THE CHILDREN?

In America, we have unleashed a culture of death, and our children are dying. Every day, there are stories across our land of children committing violent acts against themselves, other children and adults. Because we have committed over 40 million legal murders in our recent history, our children can’t discern between what is good, what is legal and what is right.

Please carefully consider the missions of two of our most prominent Civil Rights organizations, the SCLC and the NAACP, and the words of a noted African-American leader.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Mission Statement: “To ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.”

Southern Christian Leadership Conference:  “We are recommitting ourselves to advocating and teaching the principles of nonviolence taught by Dr. King… to provide people with viable alternatives to solving their problems without resorting to violence.”

Tavis Smiley:  “The Covenant with Black America is a national plan of action to address the primary concerns of African Americans today”.

Here, we nobly speak of the quality of rights for all persons, action plans and non-violent solutions, while the rights of the helpless and the pre-born are continually violated in often the most violent acts imaginable.  Indeed, in America, since 1973, over 40 million American babies have been legally murdered. At least 13 million of these babies were Black. Two of these babies were mine. Coupled with the blatant practice of euthanasia, and the open assault on marriage and family, we have lost and continue to lose millions of our children in this culture of death. Some may argue that a woman has a right to chose what she does with her body. She does, but where is the lawyer for the baby, who is like a helpless slave in the womb of his/her mother?

This letter is an open appeal to all people of good will, and today, especially to African-American leaders, to stop the violence, to save the children, to restore the culture of life to America.

Please respond to the voices of the children! Visit our website today, to sign up to make a difference. It’s We would love to meet with you, to hear your heart on this vital issue. God bless you.

Yours for Life,

Dr. Alveda C. King, Pastoral Associate

African American Outreach


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