Jerry Newcombe

Dr. King also said, “The chief purpose for the Christian Church is the salvation of individuals.”

King's niece is Dr. Alveda King, who is a strong pro-life advocate and serves Priests for Life.

She laments that her uncle's dream can never be fulfilled with such rampant abortion rates. I've interviewed her a few times. She told me, "Statistics today prove that African-American women and their babies, and their wombs are the most targeted wombs and families in America.”

She notes that even to this day "a majority of the abortion clinics are in urban areas, near highly populated African American communities; so we have more abortions, with us being about 13 percent of the population and having roughly one-third of the abortions."

Alveda added, "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said the Negro cannot win if he’s willing to sacrifice the future of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety." And her uncle, she said, also warned "us not to be like the Romans who committed infanticide."

Alveda herself notes: “It’s unjust to kill a little person because they’re little. A woman has a right to choose what she does with her body, but where is a lawyer for the baby? How can the dream survive, if we murder the children?”

What about homosexuality? A lot of gay rights advocates imply that their movement is the next logical extension of Dr. King’s movement.

Rev. Bill Owens disagrees. He’s the founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors. He once told me, “I marched with Dr. King. I marched for civil rights….And they’re trying to hijack and take over the civil rights movement and make it their movement. And they didn’t pay the price, nor do they suffer the things that blacks suffered…”

Similarly, black pastor, Dr. Ken Hutcherson, notes: “I’m appalled at that comparison….I remember two water fountains in my day. This is me growing up. This isn’t something I heard about; this is something I lived---where there [were] colored water fountains, white water fountains. I have never seen a homosexual water fountain, have you?”

In his last sermon (Atlanta, February 1968), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If I can help somebody as I pass along. If I can cheer somebody with a well [sung] song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain. If I can do my duty as a Christian ought. If I can bring salvation to a world once wrought. If I can spread the message as the master taught, then my living will not be in vain.” His living was surely not in vain.

Jerry Newcombe

Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library and a Christian TV producer.