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Dr. Alveda King Calls on NAACP Leadership to Address the 'Inconvenient Truth' of Abortion's Impact on African Americans

Contact: Jerry Horn, Priests for Life, 540-220-0095

ATLANTA, Ga., July 6 /Christian Newswire/ -- Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today called for the national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to adopt a resolution passed by the group's Macon, Georgia, chapter addressing the impact abortion has had on the African American community.  The NAACP opens its 98th Annual Convention this weekend in Detroit.

"The NAACP has always been about justice," said Dr. King.  "Today, there is no greater injustice facing black people than abortion.  Over 13 million African Americans are not here because they died by legal abortion.  It’s as if a plague swept through our cities and towns and took one of every four blacks.  Talk about inconvenient truths – the national leadership of the NAACP needs to address what abortion has done to the African American community and our nation as a whole, even if it means making some people in high positions uncomfortable."

The Macon Chapter of the NAACP this year adopted a resolution urging the national NAACP to undertake efforts to reduce the high abortion and infant mortality rates in the black community and to reduce the disproportionately high black inmate population, which the group says has a dramatic impact on the black family.  A similar resolution was submitted to the national NAACP convention by the Macon Chapter in 2004, but was not considered due to an alleged technicality.

"In my travels across the country, I have met countless fellow NAACP members who are praying and marching for justice for all, including justice for unborn babies," said Dr. King.  "The National Board of the NAACP needs to know that its membership loves our children and wants what is right for them, and what is right is for them to be allowed to live."

Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.