In the words of Dr. Alveda King, on this anniversary of her uncle’s birth:

“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.”

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....