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Remembering Dr. King, 50 years later

by | Apr 4, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In his tribute today, President Trump began his remarks about “Dr. King’s legacy, 50 years later” with this:

April 4 marks the kind of anniversary America wishes it never had to endure. Fifty years ago today, the life of our Nation’s greatest civil rights icon was cut short by an assassin’s bullet at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Martin Luther King, Jr., understood that for people to see one another as equals, they had to feel the tugs of a bond stronger than race. For King, that bond was America. He knew that the struggle for civil rights was not about rejecting America’s Founding ideals. On the contrary, it was about living up to our shared values.

Back in 2012 NRLC President Carol Tobias reminded us of Dr. King’s famous 1963 “I have a dream” speech and how the struggle that he gave his life for, although stemming from a different injustice, has parallels to our Movement to protect unborn human beings.

In his speech Dr. King “called on the nation to live out the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence,” Mrs. Tobias said, “in much the same way that we, as a pro-life movement, do today.” Our founders wrote in the Declaration, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Tragically it was less than ten years after the “I have a dream” speech that the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade nightmare decision. As Tobias observed, “Seven men, answerable in this world only to the history books, declared that human beings not yet born were not entitled to the rights and protections guaranteed by nearly 200 years of history and precedence which said an unborn child is still a child and worthy of protection by our laws.”

She reminded us that many have drawn parallels between Roe and the High Court’s disastrous 1857 Dred Scott v. Sanford. “Ironically, and even just a little eerily, both were decided by seven to two majorities, which has further underlined their correlation,” she noted.

But Roe did not “settle” the abortion issue. It served to galvanize tens of millions of Americans who refused to sit idly by.

Tobias ended her remarks with this rally call:

“As with all injustice throughout the ages, following the Roe v. Wade decision, brave men and women from all walks of life came together to right a terrible wrong. Recalling the Declaration of Independence, we remind our country that the unalienable right to life that our founders held so dear applies to all, including our unborn children. We continue to struggle and persevere in the face of a society that continues to devalue and dehumanize life. And, like Dr. King did, we again call the country to a greater understanding our humanity and the inherent dignity of every human being–born and unborn.”

Categories: Life