Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece Remembers Nelson Mandela

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 6, 2013   |   1:40PM   |   Washington, DC

Alveda King, the pro-life advocate who is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is today remembering Nelson Mandela, the civil rights activist and former South African president, who passed away on Tuesday.

Though Mandela was pro-abortion, King paid her respects to the world leader.

“President Nelson Mandela paid a heavy price to stand against apartheid while campaigning for human justice and human dignity. His message still resonates though his weary, battle worn body has gone the way of those gone before him,” she said. “Long may we remember his courage, his fortitude and his gentle smile; none of which were ever tarnished during the years of his battles, oppression, incarceration, and the restorative years following his release. Ninety-five years of life is a fitting testimony to the strength of character of this legendary statesman.”

“A portrait hangs in my home. In the frame, poised between his fellow champions Martin and Malcolm, Mandela smiles while Martin is solemn and Malcolm is stoic. To be able to radiate joy in times of conflict is a gift. To experience their three different expressions, the combined epitome of the human dream of freedom is simply amazing,” King added. “President Mandela now takes his place in history. He will be missed. The world has lost a great leader.”

King also talked about Mandela in a Newsmax interview.



Speaking in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, King recalled meeting Mandela in 1990 shortly after his release from more than 27 years in prison, where he gained global prominence as the world’s most famous political prisoner.

“I just was so impressed to meet the man who had withstood oppression and stood up for the liberation of a country,” explained King, a Newsmax contributor, who met Mandela at The King Center in Atlanta along with other members of her family, including the late Coretta Scott King, widow of her iconic uncle.

Alveda King later gained a deeper understanding of the South African struggle on a visit to that country.

“When I visited South Africa I saw the inequities and the differences among the people, and what it took for that quiet and yet strong warrior to stand and represent a people,” she said. “Even as an African-American woman here in America, I was very familiar with some of those same circumstances and conditions.”