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As Marchers Mourn, MLK’s Dream is Alive in Black, Brown and ONE BLOOD America

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

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August 28, 2019

Contact: Leslie Palma
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ATLANTA, GA – Today, in remembrance of the 56th Anniversary of her Uncle MLK’s iconic “I HAVE A DREAM” speech, Evangelist Alveda King, Executive Director for Civil Rights for the Unborn at Priests for Life announces release of a new report “Black and Brown Americans In Search of the American Dream.”

“Black and Brown Americans, and indeed all Americans should pause today and consider our dreams for our families, for our communities, for America, and for a better world. In fact, as the ONE BLOOD human race of Acts 17:26-28, we are not color blind.

We are not separate races; we are the one race “beloved community for life.”

We must learn to communicate together; to dream together; and to love each other God’s way.”

Also this weekend, following the MLK anniversary, Evangelist King and colleague Rev. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and co-designer of the “Beloved Community for Life” project, will be joining fellow organizers THE RESTORATION PROJECT and DOUGLASS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE for the NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING FOR LIFE.

Citing another MLK message, his famous eulogy-like “MOUNTAINTOP” speech, Evangelist King says she’s “praying that we will come together in Agape love and regard the sanctity of all human life; from the womb to the tomb.”

“I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The world seems to have forgotten what Martin Luther King, Jr. knew,” continued Evangelist Alveda King. “Pray for President Trump, America and the World. We must return to God.”

Last week, in the midst of planning for this week of observances, Alveda woke up from a dream, hearing her grandfather Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. say: “I’m going to see a man about a mule.”

Sensing that Daddy King’s cryptic reference to the mule is tied to the current reparations debates, Evangelist King believes that “as people of One Blood, we must repent, forgive, be forgiven, pray and unite.

“Back to God” she says, “is the right direction for the times. Our TREATISE is a message for this season.”

“Today, August 28th, 2019 marks the 56th Anniversary of the ‘MLK DREAM speech.’ It is fitting therefore to follow up the release of our Treatise this weekend at THE NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING FOR LIFE, and call for an end to crimes of humanity including abortion, and all violent, harmful and degrading acts committed not only against African Americans under slavery and Jim Crow, but an end to all acts of inhumanity towards humanity. We must unite and pray to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future.”

Isaiah 9:2 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; light has shined on those who lived in a land of darkness.’ Wake up America! WE ARE NOT COLORBLIND.

“Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.“ Colossians 4:2

“In the midst of life’s challenges; racism, war, poverty, human trafficking, abortion violence and evil of every kind; in order to escape the abyss, we need help from God to fulfill Uncle M. L.’s dream today.

On this 56th MLK I HAVE A DREAM Anniversary, as we join together as an Acts 17:26 ONE BLOOD/ONE RACE AMERICA, let us unite in AGAPE LOVE, hearing and obeying God’s Word – “Return to Me.”

Let’s pray and help KEEP AMERICA GREAT as Agape Love, Repentance and Forgiveness are resonating across the atmospheres; reaching into the darkness and awakening a heavenly fire and light that cannot and will not be denied.

Be encouraged. Pray for America. Don’t strike back in hate and fear. Go on the offense God’s way. Love your enemies. May God forever be our Defender.

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Dreams, Mourning, and “Going to See a Man About a Mule.”

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Today is Friday, August 23, 2019. Please let me encourage you today: Don’t be overcome with fear, hatred and terror with the reports that are running wild. Look up and have hope. I’m having to do the same thing. When things get rough, I have to resist fighting with my emotions and my opinions. I have to use faith, hope, love and logic when my natural self would want to strike back at the naysayers. Pray for me, please. I’ll pray for you too.

I’m gearing up for a rough yet joyous week ahead. On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, America and perhaps the world will remember that 56 years ago, my uncle, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic “I HAVE A DREAM” speech.

Then, two days later, on August 30-31, 2019, I, as Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, will join Catherine Davis of the Restoration Project and Rev. Dean Nelson of the Douglass Leadership Institute as organizers of the “National Day of Mourning for Life.” We are inviting everyone to join us on the caravan through Virginia, North Carolina, Atlanta and culminating in historic Birmingham, Alabama.

Not so long after this historic week, I am praying and expecting to join many African Americans in raising our voices in concert regarding the current state of affairs in America. We are uniting our “black and brown” voices to support the American dream. For us, it’s not so much about politics. It’s about overcoming evil with good.

I for one am excited about all of the advances that President Donald John Trump is making to “Keep America Great.” For his leadership for the sanctity of life, for criminal justice reform, for economic boons in the job market, for tax breaks for the middle class, and incentives for the poor, for bringing jobs back from overseas, and for so much more. I’m just speaking for “lil ole me” here.

As I write this blog, my muse, my inspiration for this message is my grandfather, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. Granddaddy was among those I count as my human heroes. As I am writing, I’m looking at the cover of my book KING RULES, where Granddaddy is all decked out in his fedora hat. He’s looking all “spiffy” as he always did. Daddy, (Rev. A. D. King) and Uncle M. L. (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) are looking swell too. They were three of the best dressed men I’ve ever known. (You probably know by now that I’m feeling rather nostalgic today.)

There is a reason for this reverie. While America is in the throes of conflict and furor, gearing up for the next wave of political wars, I’m seeking strength to go on. I get that from my King Family Legacy.

In a sermon in Louisville, KY, in the 1960s, my daddy once asked this question: “Are you only building big bank accounts, or are you building up the souls and aspirations of God’s children?”

I can also remember back as far as the 1950s when granddaddy would be getting dressed to go out. I can almost still smell his aftershave and the smoothness of his cheek when he would lean down to kiss me on my brow. I’d ask him where he was going, and he’d say: “I’m going to see a man about a mule.” Of course, I was too young to understand back then that Granddaddy was talking about the unrealized promise of Negros receiving “40 acres and a mule” as part of a promise for recompense for the days of slavery. Jim Crow was still looming large in those days while Granddaddy was grooming his sons to continue in the fight for justice.

So, I’m starting off my day in prayer and scripture reading. I’m missing my departed loved ones, including my beloved mentor, Pastor Allen McNair.

Let me share some encouraging words as I close:

Don’t be overcome by evil, overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

Don’t throw others under the bus to make yourselves look good. (Luke 18:19)

Don’t be color blind. See the gifts of the diversity of the one blood/one race human spirit. (Acts 17:26)

Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. (Colossians 4:2)

Pray for Jubilee. (Luke 4:18-19)

And remember: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

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