Dr. Alveda King -- Black History Month Gives Us a Chance to Reflect on Legacy and Service
Click here to view with images
NEWS PROVIDED BY
Alveda King Ministries
Feb. 9, 2024
ATLANTA, Feb. 9, 2024 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Dr. Alveda King, she is available for comment:
As we observe Black History Month this February, I am blessed to reflect on my family's history — "The King Family Legacy." While we have grown from tragedy to triumph, there are always poignant reflections.
This Black History Month, I'd like to ask for prayers for our family as we observe the passing of our beloved family member, Dexter Scott King. He will be missed.
Also, I'd like to honor the memory of my grandmother. "Big Mama" King was a talented musician, civil rights leader, and woman of faith—and we would all do better to learn from her example.
I'd like to also honor the life and legacy of Bishop Dean Nelson; beloved Man of God, family man, community leader.
Every year since his death, I am reminded of one of my Uncle the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most famous quotes. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he declared that he had a dream. He said, "It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed."
Sadly, many of America's leaders have either gone silent or abandoned old-fashioned common sense and morals and instead embraced a formula of pandering and neglect, while the problems faced by the Black community get worse and worse. In abandoning the solutions that work, the current administration has been more interested in things like distributing crack pipes for "racial equity," stirring the "race-baiting" pot where road overpasses are built, and using the administrative state to push anti-family and anti-life policies on the Black community.
Added to this sad situation comes a curveball attack on my uncle's dream from a surprising corridor. As a result, many minds are reeling at this effort to rebuke the dream. My heart is broken over the state of America. Yet my faith, hope, and love for our merciful God remain. As Christians, we are called to be ever forgiving, always repenting. There is a beautiful scripture: "Ye who is without sin, cast the first stone." Let's not overlook the beam in our eye, and pray that this stone-casting against my uncle ceases.
Over 60 years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said that "instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given its colored people a bad check, a check that has come back marked 'insufficient funds.'" But my uncle also said he 'refused to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation."
It's time to redeposit the check. For the sake of our children, it's time to refuse to believe that those vaults of opportunity are empty. Although the current policies in Washington are sending bad checks to the Black community once again, we have seen the achievements that can be made when our leaders put America First policies into action.
This month also offers another opportunity to remind ourselves that things don't have to remain in flux as they currently are. Just a few years ago, we saw the progress that could be made when we return to the policies that work.
This year, it's time again to demand life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness at the ballot box, and protection for life from the womb to the tomb and beyond. The progress we have already made forms the very core of my uncle's dream; let's reignite that spark today. Let's recommit to compassion, service, and human dignity.
The dream is not dead; it's a dream we can achieve once again, in every generation, and decade, on every platform—if only we occupy our hearts and minds with prayer; trust God, and demand change from our political leaders in Washington and across the nation.
WRITE THE VISION, MAKE IT PLAIN!
Our ministry is funded by generous individuals like yourself. We have many ongoing projects that help us to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a world much in need of His message. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to Alveda King Ministries.
SOURCE Alveda King Ministries
CONTACT: Brian Mayes, 615-771-2040, email@example.com