Still praying for freedom in Birmingham AL

stillpraying_042710_0431I went to a press conference at Kelly Ingram Park on Tuesday for the Pro-Life Freedom Rides set to take place this summer. Fr. Frank Pavone, Dr. Alveda King (niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Pastor Stephen Broden, and many other national pro-life leaders were there. The media even showed up. (I actually saw more media representatives at this event than I did in D.C. at the national March for Life.)

Kelly Ingram Park is across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church, site of an explosion back in the days of intense racial tension and violence, an explosion that killed four little girls who did nothing wrong except be born black. I remember when that happened. I was a child in grammar school and I couldn’t understand why anyone would do such a thing. I still don’t understand it. At an entrance to the park there is a statue of three black ministers: John Thomas Porter, Nelson H. Smith and A. D. King (Alveda’s father and MLK’s brother). Read more of their story and the statue at the BhamWiki. More photos on the way.

The Right to Life is The Civil Rights Issue of Our Day

Dr. Alveda King is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and works closely with Priests for Life in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. I hope I get to see her while I’m in Washington D.C. this weekend. That’s right, I just booked my room and I’m planning the rest of my trip now. I’ll be heading up there either tomorrow or early Wednesday. I can’t tell you how excited I am. I was just a little kid when Dr. ML King was marching for the civil rights of black Americans. I am greatly looking forward to marching in solidarity with his niece in the civil rights movement of today: the right to life of every human being from conception (preferably natural, though once a life has begun, that life is sacred, no matter the circumstances of his or her beginning) to natural death. Join us in Washington to tell Congress: NO abortion in health care! (See video below from Stop the Abortion Mandate on YouTube.)

Come to Washington to tell Congress: NO abortion in health care!