A group of African American Leaders will stand with Glenn Beck and David Barton in Washington, DC for the 8/28 Rally. Yours truly, Alveda King will be there. We will speak of faith, hope and love, honor of God, our families and our neighbors. Unlike those quoted in the release below, who are still fighting for the right to murder womb babies, we will be promoting human dignity for the human family. This group of Black leaders standing with Beck support good education for all children, procreative reproductive health, jobs and fair housing for everyone, good nutrition for everyone, and of course procreative marriage and life for womb babies. We honor our military, our teachers, our health care providers, and care for all the least of these, no matter what color they are! As Glenn Beck has been saying on his show, we are one human race, not separate races! Please pray that people will have the courage to stand up for truth!
African American Leaders Outraged by ‘Religious Right’ Moves to Overturn Roe v Wade
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 — The following was released today by Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC):
RCRC Press Conference, Thursday, August 26th, 10 a.m., National Press Club, Lisagor Room
— Reverend Dr. Carlton W. Veazey, President and CEO, Religious Coalition
for Reproductive Choice and minister, National Baptist Convention USA;
— Reverend Walter Fauntroy, civil rights activist and Pastor Emeritus
of New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, DC;
— Reverend Christine Wiley, co-pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in
— Dr. Willie Parker, women’s reproductive health provider and board
member, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health;
— Jill Morrison, senior counsel, National Women’s Law Center;
— Loretta Ross, national coordinator, SisterSong Women of Color
Reproductive Health Collaborative;
— Reverend Timothy McDonald, pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church in
Atlanta, GA, and Chair, African American Ministers in Action.
African American leaders in religion, civil rights, the law, medicine, and women’s health, organized by RCRC, address baseless and inflammatory assertions about reproductive health services in the Black community that are being made in connection with the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
The “Religious Right” billboard campaign claiming African American children are an “endangered species” and Alveda King’s comparison of anti-abortion activists to “Freedom Riders” have sparked outrage in the African American community. Disparaging clinics that provide abortion, birth control and reproductive health services is harmful to communities struggling with high rates of unintended pregnancy, teen births and HIV/AIDS, insulting to the intelligence and values of African Americans, and offensive to women who make conscientious moral decisions about pregnancy.
“Right to Life” and other right-wing organizations started this irresponsible and offensive campaign to make inroads into African American communities to promote their own agenda – to ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade. The Black community has repeatedly rejected the “Religious Right” anti-abortion movement, realizing that if it were concerned about the health and welfare of Black children, it would support education, health care, economic security, affordable housing, and the other resources that families need.
Source: Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)
CONTACT: Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, +1-202-628-7700