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News Release.........News Release.........


JANUARY 13, 2003

 Black Catholics for Life

Celebrate the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life is inviting Black Catholics for Life to celebrate the national holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2003, by witnessing his commitment to non-violence and the dignity and respect for all human life.


“ Black Catholics for Life will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. not by a host of speeches, but by our service to our sisters and brothers throughout the world.  Let our commitment to the sacredness of life become the lasting tribute that we make to our brother Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For I believe that by our actions someone will know that Dr. King’s message of hope, liberation and life continues to live through us”, stated Franciscan Father Jim Goode, President of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life.


The Board of Consultants of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life suggests that our commemoration to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2003, include the following activities:


+  Participate in the U. S. Catholic Bishops Stand Against Violence Program.  The USCCB: Secretariat for African American Catholics, Dr. Beverly A. Carroll, Executive Director, is one of the co-sponsors of this project.


+  Gather in solidarity around the altar of God for the Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington D.C. on Tuesday evening January 21, 2003 at 8 P.M. The National Prayer Vigil for Life is sponsored by the USCCB: Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, Ms. Gail Quinn, Executive Director.


+   On Wednesday, January 23, 2003 join in the March for Life to end the evil of abortion in the United States. January 22nd marks the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.   The March for Life begins at noon with a rally on the grounds of the Washington Monument (across from the White House), followed by a march to Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court.

Over 14 million African American babies have been aborted since 1973.

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Board of Consultants:  Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, DD, Episcopal Advisor,

Fr. Jim Goode, OFM, Ph.D., President, Dr. Beverly A. Carroll (USCCB: SAAC),

Sr. Donna Banfield, SBS, (NBSC), Fr. Anthony Bozeman, (NBCCC), Supreme Lady Mary L. Briers, (KPCLA), Ms. Charolette T. Davis, (NABCA), Br. Tyrone A. Davis, CFC, (NBCCC), Deacon Jerry Lett, (NAAACD), Supreme Knight Arthur McFarland, (KPC), Sr. Claire Napoleon, FMM, (NBSC), Mr. Joseph Powell, (Pres. NABCA), Msgr. Patrick Wells, (NBCCC), Mr. Michael Youngblood, (NAACYMN), Sr. Anita Baird, DHM, (Pres. NBSC), Ex-Officio, Fr. Chester P. Smith, SVD, (Pres. NBCCC) Ex-officio

Partnership:  National Black Catholic Congress & Xavier University,

Institute for Black Catholic Studies