Barack Obama: Martin Luther King’s Dream Fulfilled?
Today the United States honors the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., a man who courageously fought to obtain civil rights for all citizens. Tomorrow, Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the first African American president of the United States. Many are saying that this event will fulfill Dr. King’s dream, but is that an accurate statement?
Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, has this to say, “The election of an African American president sends a powerful and historic message that what was previously unthinkable can become reality.” She continues, “The battle for equal rights has reached a major milestone, but Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of full equality remains just a dream as long as unborn children continue to be treated no better than property.”
Alveda King knows firsthand about the horror of abortion. The former Georgia representative personally had two abortions. In 1983, she repented and committed her life to Christ. She is now a strong pro-life advocate and works closely with Priests For Life. In regard to our new president, King observes, “President-elect Obama has promised actions that will only increase the number of abortions.” She emphasized that pro-life advocates “must promise to redouble our efforts to resist anti-life proposals, speak up for the babies, and, above all, pray. We must pray with persistence and love that, in God’s time, what is now deemed unthinkable will become reality – that all our brothers in sisters, from conception to natural death, will be protected in law and welcomed in society. The elections are over. The pro-life battle begins anew.”
Since Martin Luther King died before Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion in the United States, we can only speculate how he would have felt about the subject. However, in a 2007 speech at Valparaiso University School of Law, his niece was asked if her late uncle would condone abortion. “He absolutely couldn’t,” she said. “How can the dream survive if we murder the children?”
Martin Luther King had a dream which involved equal rights for all. In his famous I Have A Dream speech, he longed for the day, “when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
As long as the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters are being denied the most basic civil right, that of life itself, Dr. King’s dream has not yet been fulfilled. In honor of this great champion of social justice, let us all honor his legacy by peacefully fighting for the civil rights of the unborn. With God on our side, one day …“We shall overcome.”