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Alveda King: MLK Would Have Let Statues Stand

Alveda King: MLK Would Have Let Statues Stand
A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is removed from the University of Texas campus, Aug. 21, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP)

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would most likely have opposed the movement to take down Confederate statues, his niece Alveda King told Newsmax.

Alveda King, a pastoral associate and director of the African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries, spoke to me at a press conference on the 54th anniversary of her uncle’s celebrated “I Have A Dream Speech” in Washington, D.C.

Asked what the slain civil rights leader felt about statues in Southern cities honoring Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and other heroes of the Confederacy, Alveda King replied that Dr. Martin Luther King “and my father, A.D. King [Martin’s younger brother and fellow pastor], recognized that those statues came close to being idols” for many white Southerners. “Since they’re already there,” she said, King most likely would have urged opponents “don’t start wrecking and tearing them.”

Instead, she believes, Dr. King would have urged opponents of the statues to “start praying” for a change of heart among those who worship the statues for reasons related to race.

Alveda King spoke on a panel of fellow clergy at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., as part of “Reconciled Church,” a multiracial, non-denominational Christian movement organized to bridge the racial divide in the United States.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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