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Alveda King

Alveda King
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 28th district
In office
Preceded by Virginia Shapard[1]
Succeeded by Bob Holmes[2]
Personal details
Born Alveda Celeste King
(1951-01-22) January 22, 1951
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic (previously)
Spouse(s) Eddie Clifford Beal (divorced)
Jerry Ellis (divorced)
Israel Tookes (divorced)
Children 6
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Alma mater Central Michigan University (M.A.)
Occupation Minister, activist, author
Religion Christian
Website Official website

Alveda Celeste King (born January 22, 1951)[3] is Director of African American Outreach with Georgia House of Representatives and the founder of Alveda King Ministries.


  • Childhood and family 1
  • Father's death 2
  • Abortions 3
  • Education 4
  • Public office 5
  • Pro-life activism 6
  • Restoring Honor rally 7
  • Herman Cain support 8
  • Claims 9
    • Abortion 9.1
    • LGBT rights 9.2
  • Personal life 10
  • Works 11
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14

Childhood and family

Alveda King was born in A. D. King, the younger brother of Martin Luther King Jr., and Naomi Barber King. She says her mother wanted to abort her so she could continue college but her grandfather was able to convince her to keep her child.[5] When she was 12, her father became a leader of the Birmingham campaign while serving as pastor at the First Baptist Church of Ensley in Birmingham, Alabama. Later that same year, King's house was bombed by opponents to the civil rights movement.

Father's death

In 1969, her father, A.D. King, was found dead in the pool at his home.[6] The cause of death was listed as an accidental drowning.[7][8][9][10]

Grandfather King said in his autobiography, "Alveda had been up the night before, she said, talking with her father and watching a television movie with him. He'd seemed unusually quiet...and not very interested in the film. But he had wanted to stay up and Alveda left him sitting in an easy chair, staring at the TV, when she went off to bed... I had questions about A.D.'s death and I still have them now. He was a good swimmer. Why did he drown? I don't know – I don't know that we will ever know what happened."[11]


Alveda had two abortions and attempted to get a third one. Her doctor did the first abortion without her family’s knowledge.[12] When she was pregnant in 1973, she went to Planned Parenthood and got a second abortion.[13] She was divorced soon after that. Later, she wanted to get a third abortion, but neither the father nor her grandfather agreed with her.[14]


King studied journalism[15] and sociology as an undergraduate, and she received a Master of Arts degree in business management from Central Michigan University. She received an honorary doctorate from Saint Anselm College.[16]

Public office

From 1979-83, King represented the 28th District in the

  • Alveda King Ministries
  • African-American Outreach, Priests of Life

External links

  1. ^ Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia 1, 1978, p. 2743 
  2. ^ Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia 1, 1983, p. 1966 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "". African American Outreach. 
  5. ^ Alveda King (January 22, 2008). Alveda King talking about abortion. In front of the Supreme Court building. Event occurs at 04:40. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  6. ^  
  7. ^ "The Rev. A. D. Williams King". Time. August 1, 1969. Retrieved November 1, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Bomb Hits Home in Birmingham". New York Times. August 1, 1963. Retrieved November 1, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Introduction in Papers". Introduction in Papers 1 (26): 43. 
  10. ^ "A Rights Activist". Thomas A. Johnson, New York Times. July 22, 1969. 
  11. ^  
  12. ^ "Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King speaks out for the future of the yet unborn. How can the "Dream" survive if we murder our children?". African American Outreach. 
  13. ^ Alveda King (January 22, 2008). Alveda King talking about abortion. In front of the Supreme Court building. Event occurs at 03:51. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  14. ^ Alveda King (January 22, 2008). Alveda King talking about abortion. In front of the Supreme Court building. Event occurs at 03:51. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  15. ^ Hamilton Bims (1974). "'He Never Gives Us More Than We Can Bear'". Ebony (Johnson Publishing Company) 29 (12): 38.  
  16. ^ a b "Dr. Alveda C. King". Priests for Life. Archived from the original on August 30, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  17. ^ Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia 1, 1979, p. 2059 
  18. ^ "Women in the Georgia House of Representatives, 1923 – 2000". Georgia Secretary of State. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  19. ^ Denvir, Daniel (August 27, 2010). "Meet MLK's Glenn Beck-loving niece". Salon. Archived from the original on August 30, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Alveda King Beal Seeks A Congressional Seat, Supports Jesse Jackson", Jet 66 (7), April 23, 1984: 13 
  21. ^ "Reverend Hosea Williams". Martin Luther King, Jr National Historic Site. National Park Service. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Campaign Notes; 'Chauvinistic Remarks' Conceded by Young".  
  23. ^ When I was a Democrat: "I’ve been a Democrat, and I’ve been a Republican. I've even considered being an independent. Today, I’m just a Christian."
  24. ^ "Dr. Alveda King featured speaker at pro-life rally | Spero News". Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  25. ^ Jacob, Jennifer (October 31, 2009). "Alveda King visits Meridian with pro-life message". Meridian Star. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  26. ^ Dillard, Angela D. (2002). Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Now?: Multicultural Conservatism in America. New York City: NYU Press. p. 164.  
  27. ^ MacAskill, Ewen (August 28, 2010). "US right claims spirit of Martin Luther King at Lincoln Memorial rally". The Guardian. Archived from the original on August 29, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  28. ^ King, Alveda (August 26, 2010). "Glenn Beck 8/28 rally: It's a matter of honor".  
  29. ^ Dolak, Kevin (August 28, 2010). "Alveda King Speaks at Glenn Beck's DC Rally". ABC News. Archived from the original on September 4, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Cain supporter insists ‘Herman Cain is no skirt-chaser’". Cain 2012. November 30, 2011. 
  31. ^ Lauren Fox (December 2, 2011). "Herman Cain Gets Women to Counter Sex Harassment Claims". US News and World Report. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  32. ^ Cassandra, Adam (August 27, 2010). "'"Dr. Alveda King: ‘Coretta Scott King Knew That Her Husband Was Pro-Life. Archived from the original on August 28, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Martin Luther King, Jr. and Planned Parenthood Part 1" (PDF). Priests for Life. Priests for Life. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Martin Luther King, Jr. and Planned Parenthood Part 2" (PDF). Priests for Life. Priests for Life. 
  35. ^ Abrams, Joseph (July 14, 2009). "Billboard Claiming Martin Luther King Was Republican Angers Black Activists in Houston". Fox News. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Put the Political Strife out to Pasture". Priests for Life. Priests for Life. 
  37. ^ "Dr. King Foresees 'Social Disruption' If Goldwater Wins". New York Times. September 13, 1964. p. 66. It is important for all responsible persons, he said, to see that Mr. Goldwater is defeated. There were 'dangerous signs of Hitlerism' in the program of the Republican candidate, Dr. King declared. 
  38. ^ "Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks dies at 92, pro-life leaders call her inspirational", Catholic News Agency; accessed October 26, 2015.
  39. ^ Levithan, Kristen (February 4, 2013). "Happy 100th Birthday, Revolutionary Rosa Parks".  
  40. ^ "Rosa Parks biography".  
  41. ^ "Eugenics and Planned Parenthood". Priests for Life. Priests for Life. 
  42. ^ "Human Sexuality: It All Started With An Apple!". 
  43. ^ "Alveda King". CD Baby. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  44. ^ IMDb profile of Alveda King
  45. ^ IMDb profile of Alveda King Beal
  46. ^ "Latter Rain". 
  47. ^ "PRAY for America Facebook page". 
  48. ^ "PRAY for AMERICA". 


See also

She co-produced the video "Latter Rain" (2005)[46]
She co-executive produced PRAY for AMERICA (2015)[47][48]

King has produced the following musical works:
She released the CD, Let Freedom Ring in 2005,[43] and she has appeared in film and television as both Alveda King[44] and Alveda King Beal.[45]
The Human Experience, a 2010 documentary film, featured commentary from King.

  • For generations to come: Poetry by Alveda King Beal (as Alveda King Beal) (1986)
  • The Arab Heart (as Alveda King Beal) (1986)
  • Sons of Thunder: The King Family Legacy (2003)
  • I Don't Want Your Man, I Want My Own (2001)
  • Who We Are In Christ Jesus (2008)
  • How Can the Dream Survive If We Murder the Children?: Abortion is Not a Civil Right! (2008)
  • King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family, and Our Nation to Prosper (2014)

King has written the following books:


King has been married and divorced three times. She has six living children. She had two abortions and suffered one miscarriage.[16]

Personal life

King has spoken out against same-sex marriage. Her position is outlined in her article, "Human Sexuality: It All Started With An Apple!"[42]

LGBT rights

Alveda King once wrote: Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood once said, "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated".[41] Planned Parenthood used deception to get Black leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks to consider her message under the guise of wanting to help the African American community all the while targeting them for genocide.

After civil rights leader Rosa Parks died in 2005, Alveda King claimed Parks was a symbol for the pro-life movement[38] (although she had served on the Board of Advocates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America).[39][40]

Alveda King has said "Mrs. Coretta Scott King knew that her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was pro-life" despite his winning the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood in 1966.[32][33][34] In 1994, According to Fox News, Alveda King has "long argued" that Dr. King was a Republican.[35] She later blogged that MLK was politically independent.[36] Also, after the Republicans nominated Barry Goldwater (who voted against the Civil Rights Act) and Strom Thurmond became a Republican, Dr. King actively campaigned against Goldwater.[37]



King was a supporter of [31]

Herman Cain support

On August 28, 2010, King spoke at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial.[27] Before the rally King explained to the Christian Science Monitor that speaking at the rally was a chance to engage in freedom of speech and to praise the man, Lincoln, that "led this fledgling nation out of slavery, and made my people free."[28] ABC News reported that in King's speech, she hoped that "white privilege will become human privilege and that America will soon repent of the sin of racism and return itself to honor."[29]

Restoring Honor rally

King has been a pro-life speaker since 1983 and often speaks on college campuses about abortion issues.[24] She joined the pro-life movement, pushing to offer women alternatives to abortion.[25] Angela D. Dillard classifies King as among "prominent black members of the Religious Right".[26]

Pro-life activism

[23].Republican She did not withdraw. With the black vote split, Fowler defeated both King and Williams in the primary. That was the last time she ran for elective office. However, since then, she has publicly stated that she is a [22], and Williams approached King and asked her to end her campaign for the seat so that she could dedicate more time to her family. Young later apologized for what he called "some blatantly chauvinistic remarks."U.S. Ambassador to the UN Coretta Scott King did not endorse her niece. Young, who had given up the seat to serve as [21]

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