My Mother's Tribute to 'Daddy King'

Friday, 11 Jul 2014 03:57 PM

By Dr. Alveda C. King

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I often honor my parents, Rev. AD King and Mrs. Naomi Ruth Barber King, in my books and speaking engagements. As young people, newly engaged to be married, they were encouraged by my grandfather, "Daddy King," to marry and start their family. They chose life, and Alveda Celeste King was born on January 22, 1951. I tell all about it in my book "King Rules."
 
Mother has a new book as well. She seeks to "set the historical records straight" in her new love story, "AD and ML King: Two Brothers Who Dared to Dream."
 
In the book she reveals intimate details regarding the relationship between the brothers — both warriors in the crosshairs of the transformational 20th Century Civil Rights Movement.
 
"They cried together, they prayed together, and they rejoiced together," says Mother. 
 
Few people know that the iconic civil rights leader and legendary preacher Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a younger brother; Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King. Known as "ML and AD, the Sons of Thunder," the two brothers were born less than two years apart.
 
Along with captivating firsthand "heartfelt"anecdotes, Mother has filled the book with intimate, previously unpublished photos; not only of AD and ML, but with other cherished family members. Included also are a seven-generation "King Family Tree" as well as visual chronicles of the journey of two beloved brothers who lived and died for a cause in their quest for "The Beloved Community."
 
Mother is the co-founder of The AD King Foundation. She is the recipient of several civil rights and humanitarian awards. She and president and co-founder of ADKF, Dr. Babs Onabanjo, have worked together for several years to establish a "lasting and living memorial" to Rev. AD King's legacy of empowering youth and "Building Up the Beloved Community."
 
The book and the award-winning documentary, "AD King: Brother of the Dreamer," are available online at popular outlets or at www.adkingfoundation.com.
 
Read "King Rules" at kingrulesbook.com.
 
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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