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A relative of slain Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be speaking in Elizabethtown, but about a different set of rights than the kind for which King fought.
Alveda C. King, niece of the late King, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown. She is speaking for the Right to Life Kentucky Heartland organization.
King’s speech is titled “How Can the Dream Survive?” and will discuss how the goals of her uncle’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech can be met in a society that accepts abortion, Event Coordinator Te’Andra Parker said.
The event is free but tickets are required to attend. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Parker at (270) 312-6115 or lifeky@gmail .com.
The Right to Life organization hosts an annual youth rally, which prompted members to decide to have an event for adults as well, Parker said. King’s name continued to be mentioned as a possible speaker, and Parker coordinated her coming to Elizabethtown.
Parker said it took a lot of prayers to pull it together.
“It was just, God set it in motion, that’s really how we feel,” she said.
Parker said she hopes the event raises awareness about life issues in the community at large — specifically the black community and its effects on that population.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747.