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Alveda King on the American Civil Rights Movement, Critical Race Theory, and the American Dream

Wesley J. Smith
Alveda King
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Since the murder of George Floyd, the nation has been embroiled in racial unrest of a kind not seen in decades. It is a disturbing time. Is racism best struggled against through the colorblind approach of the Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or a newer strategy—summarized by the term “critical race theory”—that sees race as the central fact of life.  

Wesley was honored to explore these and other issues in a too-short interview with Dr. Alveda C. King, the niece of Martin Luther King and the daughter of the civil rights activist, the Reverend A.D. King. Alveda takes a firm stance against critical race theory, stating forcefully that “there is only one race, the human race.” She discusses the importance of forgiveness and passionately shares her Christian faith. And contrary to the charge leveled by Planned Parenthood that the pro-life movement is racist, King asserts that abortion is the real racism as in some cities, more African-American babies are aborted than born. King’s message of unity and human equality epitomizes the American dream.

The daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, Alveda grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. Alveda was jailed during the open housing movement.

King serves as the Chair of the Center for the American Dream and leads at AFPI. Dr. King is the founder of Speak for Life, fighting for the sanctity and dignity of all life – from the womb to the tomb. She currently serves as a Fox News contributor and host of the Fox Nation show “Alveda King’s House.” Dr. King is a former college professor, served in the Georgia State House of Representatives, is a former presidential appointee, and 2021 recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.  

She is a recipient of the Life Prize Award (2011), the Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award (2011) and the Civil Rights Award from Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) (2011). She is a bestselling author; among her books are King Truths: 21 Keys to Unlocking Your Spiritual Potential; King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family, and Our Nation to Prosper; America Return to God; How Can the Dream Survive if we Murder the Children? 

King is an accomplished actress and songwriter, her latest album being Tender Moments Alone with God. The Founder of Alveda King Ministries. She has served on several boards, including Heartbeat International, Georgia Right to Life, The King Center, Bible Curriculum in Public Schools and Abortion Recovery International (ARIN). She is also a member of the National Black Prolife Coalition (NBPC) and is a Senior Fellow with the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society.