JungleWatch was originally founded to "watch" everything that was going on in "the jungle" (society, the culture, etc.) And every once in a while I like to break from the main "conversation" and comment on other things that I believe matter, and this is one of them:
In 1966, MLK was one of the first four recipients of the Margaret Sanger award. As you may know, Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation (about 330,000 per year).
MLK was not able to attend the award ceremony, so his wife accepted the award in his behalf saying:
"I am proud tonight to say a word in behalf of your mentor, and the person who symbolizes the ideas of this organization, Margaret Sanger. Because of her dedication, her deep convictions, and for her suffering for what she believed in, I would like to say that I am proud to be a woman tonight."
MLK himself later wrote Planned Parenthood:
"Words are inadequate for me to say how honored I was to be the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award. This award will remain among my most cherished possessions." (Read the rest here.)
As you may also know, before Planned Parenthood was called Planned Parenthood, its founder called her organization "The Negro Project."
"The aim of the program was to restrict–many believe exterminate–the black population. Under the pretense of 'better health' and 'family planning,' Sanger cleverly implemented her plan."
And here is how MLK probably got suckered in:
"What’s more shocking is Sanger’s beguilement of black America’s créme de la créme–those prominent, well educated and well-to-do–into executing her scheme. Some within the black elite saw birth control as a means to attain economic empowerment, elevate the race and garner the respect of whites."
So just a note to pro-lifers. I know it's tempting to want to latch on to the famous to help promote your cause, but probably best not to elevate any man or woman to hero status. Keep the cause rooted in principles, not people.