Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy Lives Through Pro-Life Alveda King

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 7, 2013   |   11:25AM   |   Harrisburg, PA

Dr. Alveda King’s life is full of reminders about the significance of every single human life.

Her strong pro-life family, her birthday, even her own name seemed to point Alveda toward advocacy for the preborn. However, her young adult life started down a very different path.

A strong pro-life advocate and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Alveda King shared her life story Tuesday during the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation’s 2012 Celebrate Life Banquet in Camp Hill.

Before Alveda even was born, her life came very close to being wiped out by abortion. When her mother became pregnant out of wedlock, some people suggested she could “get help for her mysterious female ailment.” When her mother began to question this “mysterious” abortion procedure, she turned to Alveda’s grandfather, Martin Luther “Daddy” King Sr.

“He said, ‘That’s not just cells,’” King said. “That’s my granddaughter. I saw her in a dream three years ago with bright red hair. She’s going to be a blessing.’”

Alveda was born on January 22 – a date that perhaps seemed insignificant at the time. Today, we remember it as the day when the U.S. Supreme Court made its tragic decision about abortion in Roe v. Wade.

Even the name her parents chose for her seemed to foretell her future as an advocate for life. The root of Alveda’s name is “vita,” which is Latin for “life.”

When she grew up, though, Alveda King strayed from the truth. Instead, she trusted the lies of abortion centers like Planned Parenthood, and had two abortions.

Then, Daddy King intervened. Pregnant for a third time, Alveda was again considering an abortion, but her grandfather presented her with the truth: That is not a lump of flesh; it is a child.

Since then, Alveda has joined her family of freedom fighters in its charge to protect and defend every human life, from conception to natural death.

She challenged the crowd of 500 people from all across Pennsylvania to not lose courage in the fight for life. Just as God turned her life around, so God can change our nation, she said.



Despite setbacks like Roe v. Wade and pro-abortion political agendas, God works all things together for good, King said. She shared Mark 9:23, “… with God, all things are possible” and encouraged everyone to repeat the verse with her.

“We stand, and as we continue to stand, God will continue to bless,” King said. “With God, all things are possible.”

LifeNews Note: Micaiah Bilger is the Education Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.