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Dr. Alveda C. King is an American politician, author, and activist. She is a niece of the civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, a conservative think-tank in Washington, D.C. She is a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the founder of King for America.

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Education

King has an M.A. in business management from Central Michigan University. She received her honorary doctorate from Saint Anselm College.

Politics

King is a pro-life speaker and often speaks on college campuses about pro-life issues.[1] After having two abortions herself, Ms. King joined the Pro-life movement, crusading to offer women alternatives to abortion.[2]

She also supported the passage of Proposition 8. In the weeks leading up to the vote, Alveda lent her voice to a radio campaign for yes2marriage (prop 2 was the Florida equivalent to California's prop 8) as well as an automated robo-call to other states with marriage propositions on the ballot. In these political ads, she cited her affiliation to her uncle, opined that defining marriage as between only a man and a woman did not eliminate benefits or rights for anyone, and said that banning gay marriage would protect children. In her radio ad in Florida, she said:

"Hi, I'm Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A "yes" vote on 2 does only one thing: it defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman. No one loses benefits. Everyone's civil rights are safe. Don't be misled by dishonest ads about benefits. Protecting marriage between one man and one woman simply protects our children and grandchildren. Please, vote "yes" on 2."[3].

She signed her name to a full-page ad in the Dec. 5, 2008 New York Times that objected to the violence and intimidation [4] against religious institutions and believers in the wake of the passage of Proposition 8. The ad stated that "violence and intimidation are always wrong, whether the victims are believers, gay people, or anyone else." A dozen other religious and human rights activists from several different faiths also signed the ad.[5].

Works

Dr. King has writen the following books:

  • Sons of Thunder: The King Family Legacy
  • I Don't Want Your Man, I Want My Own
  • The Arab Heart

Dr. King also released a CD called Let Freedom Ring in 2005 [6] and has appeared in film and television. [7]

Family

The mother of six, and a grandmother, she is the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr..

One year after her famous uncle was assassinated, her father, A.D. King, died unexpectedly. Some believe he may have been murdered, though the details surrounding his death are not well known.[8]

References

  1. ^ http://www.speroforum.com/a/17811/Dr-Alveda-King-featured-speaker-at-prolife-rally
  2. ^ http://www.meridianstar.com/local/local_story_304013404.html
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56BjEjyZRTo
  4. ^ [1][2]
  5. ^ NoMobVeto.org
  6. ^ http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AlvedaKing
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2901934/
  8. ^ Dan McWilliams (2006). "MLK's niece recalls two abortions, Lord's forgiveness". East Tennessee Catholic. Priests for Life. http://www.priestsforlife.org/clippings/2006/06-11-12-alveda-king.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-07.  

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