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Families of Revolutionaries: Alveda King

Courtesy Evangelist Alveda King

This week we’ve been bringing you stories from the families of revolutionaries. And we conclude this series with Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I remember my uncle and dad having a conversation, and my uncle saying, 'She's growing up and she's going to be a beautiful young lady, you better be ready because they're going to be chasing her!' And that was the joke, that my dad had a nonviolent baseball bat and he was always on duty chasing the boys away.

Alveda King grew up in a home where conversations about spirituality and social awareness were a part of everyday life. During the Civil Rights Movement, her family home was bombed in Alabama.

Over the years, King has authored books, served in Georgia’s House of Representatives, and is a contributor to Fox News.

King lives in Atlanta and is thePastoral Associate for Priests for Life,where she says, “I advocate for civil rights for the unborn.”

To listen to the entire interview click the audio player above.

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Leila Day is a Senior Producer at Pineapple Street Media and is the Executive Producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast, stories about the black diaspora. Her work has been featured on NPR, 99% Invisible, the BBC as well as other outlets. Before The Stoop, she was an editor at Al Jazeera's podcast network and worked on creating and editing award winning narrative driven journalism. She began her career in journalism at KALW where she worked as a health care and criminal justice reporter. During that time she contributed as an editor, taught audio storytelling to inmates at San Quentin, and helped develop curriculum for training upcoming reporters.