Alveda Celeste King is an American activist, author, and former state representative for the 28th District in the Georgia House of Representatives. She is a niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and daughter of civil rights activist A. D. King and his wife, Naomi Barber King. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of BCNN1.
Every year, our country takes a day to honor the legacy and memory of my uncle, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A few days later, we March for Life, and it’s perfectly fitting that the two occasions coincide.
At a time of widespread conflict and mutual distrust, it’s more vital than ever for us to reflect on the message of faith, love, and toleration that my uncle shared with the world.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of God who strove to live up to the teachings of Jesus Christ. He saw all of us as God’s children, living the words of the apostles: “of one blood, God created the human race” (Acts 17:26). His faith informed his commitment to his community and was the source of his calling to the great mission of uniting men and women of different ethnic groups.
My uncle viewed love as the power that would redeem mankind. God’s creative love is the power that rules the cosmos, and His grace gives us the power to make brothers and sisters out of men and women, boys and girls.
“I have decided to stick with love,” my uncle famously said. “Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Today, hate still retains its grip over too many human hearts — but we can change that if we follow my uncle’s example and choose agape love. Hate is truly a tremendous burden, and we as a nation need to remember that there is a better alternative.
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