An Open Letter to Essence Magazine

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 07:41 AM

By Dr. Alveda C. King

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Please join the Rev. Arnold Culbreath in writing a letter to Essence magazine’s Editor in Chief Vanessa K. Bush.

Here's an excerpt from a letter by Culbreath followed by my open letter to Vanessa Bush, editor of Essence magazine.

"While Ms. Rhodan’s 'What We Stand To Lose' article argues for allowing the #1 killer to continue lurking in and preying on our community, many of us are far too familiar with what we’re already losing. We’re losing far too many precious lives, both born and unborn.

"Please join me in writing a letter to Essence magazine’s Editor in Chief Vanessa K. Bush to express your dissatisfaction and disappointment with Essence’s lopsided approach to this article. According to Ms. Rhodan, Ms. Bush wrote in the May issue that she’s counting on readers to 'help keep Essence honest.' Let’s accept Ms. Bush’s offer.

"Ms. Bush can be reached via email at: vanessa@essence.com. After you’ve written your letter, please feel free to forward it to me at: arnold@protectingblacklife.org. I’d love to read them!"

My letter to Bush:

"Dear Vanessa,

"Rev. Arnold Culbreath of 'Protecting Black Life,' who you interviewed for your article 'What We Stand to Lose,' invited readers to write to you and respond to your publication.

"I am very disappointed that you chose not to print much of what Rev. Culbreath surely must have shared with you during his interview, choosing rather to briefly reduce the poignant testimony of his wife to a couple of sentences, and neglecting to share Arnold's piercing and compassionate voice.

"Yes, Rev. Culbreath is a man and you write for women. Yet a man, my grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. convinced my mother not to abort me in 1950. He and the father of my son convinced me after two abortions and a miscarriage, not to abort another baby, a son. I have six living children because God used these men to help rescue me from a harmful and deadly pro-choice/pro-abortion lifestyle.

"Abortion kills human babies and sometimes human mothers. Abortion often hurts women in many ways. As the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his brother Rev. A.D. King, II, I often ask the question: How can the dream survive if we murder the children?

"Mam, the dream will die if we do not stop murdering our children.

"I don't know if you will print this, I do hope you read it. We have lost over 56 million dead babies and hundreds of women, mothers to legal abortion. If the truth is not told, if the scourge isn't ended, we stand to lose entire communities.

"Madam, we have already lost too much. If things don't change, we stand to loose everything."

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
 


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