Niece of Martin Luther King named 2011 winner of Cardinal O’Connor Pro-Life Award

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., February 3, 2011 ( - Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced last week that Dr. Alveda King, full-time pastoral associate of Priests for Life and the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been selected to receive the 2011 Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award.

The award is bestowed each year by Legatus, the organization of Catholic business professionals founded by Tom Monaghan in 1987.

Dr. King is the fifth member of the Priests for Life team to receive this award. Previous recipients are Father Pavone (national director), Janet Morana (executive director and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign), Dr. Theresa Burke (co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard), and Jerry Horn (senior advisor for Priests for Life media).

“This award for Alveda recognizes the tremendous progress she is making in awakening the African-American community to the violence of abortion,” Father Pavone said. “We thank Legatus for this honor and for their longstanding friendship to us and to the entire pro-life movement.”

Dr. King is the Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life.  She maintains “the civil rights movement of today is the pro-life movement!”

The Cardinal O’Connor Award, said Dr. King, is an “encouragement, not only for this recipient, but for all the pro-life warriors who are inspired by the legacy of Cardinal O’Connor. The award comes with marching orders: Go forward with the message of life, liberty and justice for all, born and unborn!”

For more information on Dr. King’s work with Priests for Life, visit

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