One day after President Barack Obama praised Martin Luther King Jr.’s accomplishments which paved his way to the White House, Alveda King said the president must now show America the content of his character through his political policies.
U.S. President Barack Obama walks out from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, October 10, 2011.
Alveda C. King, pastoral associate for Priests for Life, attended the Sunday celebration of her uncle at the newly unveiled Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at the National Mall. Several people – including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King’s remaining family and President Obama – spoke honoring the fallen civil rights leader.
She said of King, “My Uncle, of course, would have been pleased to see someone with brown skin holding the office of president.”
But the president must not rely too much on appearances, she told The Christian Post on Monday. Rather, she said, “it is time to get back to the business at hand now and deal with those issues that will advance life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for all people from conception until natural death.”
Hundreds gathered in Washington, D.C., Sunday to officially dedicate the statue of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. The official dedication ceremony was delayed for over a month due to Hurricane Irene.
Obama, America’s first black president, thanked King for paving the way for his election. He also noted details of King’s life that could be comparable to his own life. Obama observed that King, a Georgia native, rose to prominence from humble roots, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and was at times “attacked by his own people.”
Source: Christian Post | Stephanie Samuel