Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012
By Alveda King
Last week, a valiant contingency of black pastors and other pro-life leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. to pray at a Planned Parenthood sponsored event called “We are Women.”
My friend, Pastor John Peyton, founder and senior pastor of Reconciliation Community Church in Manassas, Va. led the charge of the prayer effort supported by a number of pro-life groups. The team coordinators were Rev. Frank Margo and CJ Jordan.
The pro-abortion community was stunned by the presence of the African-American Pro-life leaders. The team wore t-shirts announcing the injustice of the death of Tonya Reaves, a black woman who died hours after undergoing a murderous abortion at Planned Parenthood in Chicago last month.
Supporters of the prayer effort included Reconciliation Community Church; Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List); Priests for Life African American Outreach, Women Speak for Themselves, American Life League, thepillkills.com, King for America, National Black Pro life Coalition, Citizens for a Pro life Society, Network of Politically Active Christians, Life Education and Resource Network, Silent No More Awareness Campaign, Peggy Elliott Ministries — Let Our Babies Live America, National Black Prolife Union, Students for Life, Frederick Douglass Foundation, and Christian Defense Coalition.
I support the National March for Life which is held every January to lament the passage of Roe vs. Wade and the court decision that legalized the killing of over 50 million pre-born babies. The March for Life draws hundreds of thousands yearly. In contrast, the “We are Women” effort drew around 600 participants.
Nellie Gray, the founder of the March for Life died recently, and the prayer effort last week was inspired in part by the desire to commemorate Gray and Dr. Mildred Jefferson, another pro-life hero.
Pastor Peyton firmly believes that more so than politics, prayer and active evangelism together are the key to ending racism, abortion, and other social ills.
As Pastor Peyton’s prayer team circulated among the pro-abortion camp wearing prolife t-shirts, one Planned Parenthood supporter shouted out in protest, calling one of the African-American pastors by a racial slur.
The prayer team was undaunted and continued to speak the truth and pray in love. After yelling the racial slur, the woman pulled off her shirt and Pastor Peyton asked her to stop undressing in public.
Some members of the prayer team were able to speak to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who declined photo ops with them. One of the pro-abortion rally speakers was reportedly a Florida representative of Rainbow PUSH, who attempted to quote my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and suggested that Dr. King, was a supporter of abortion, which he was not. Rather than hiss and boo, the pro-life supporters stood quietly and stoically and stared at the speaker as a silent rebuke.
The prayer team was shocked and disturbed by a singing group extolling women as sluts.
There was also a moment when pro-abortion supporters tried to get the pro-life prayer supporters to leave the area.
This joint effort by pro-life organizations across the spectrum was held in the spirit of love that is embraced by the pro-life community.
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
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