Today we honor a great American who dared to dream of a day when all Americans are respected and treated equally. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s niece, Dr. Alveda King continues to fight for that dream. Today, on the celebration of her Uncle's life, she reminds us that the dream has not been fulfilled yet (http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/document.aspx?id=3011).
"Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of a Beloved Community where all are treated with respect and dignity," said Dr. King. "He fought against society's exclusion of people who were treated as less than human because of their appearance. Today, we are compelled to continue Uncle Martin's fight by standing up for those who are treated as less than human because of their helplessness and inconvenience.
"The unborn are as much a part of the Beloved Community as are newborns, infants, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. Too many of us speak of tolerance and inclusion, yet refuse to tolerate or include the weakest and most innocent among us in the human family. As we celebrate the life of Uncle Martin, let us renew our hearts and commit our lives to treating each other, whatever our race, status, or stage of life, as we would want to be treated. Let us let each other live."