Alveda King: MLK and My Father "Often 'Took the Knee' in Prayer to God"

By Craig Bannister | January 8, 2018 | 10:52am EST
The New Yorker cover, Jan. 15, 2018 (Screen Capture)

When her father and her uncle, the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "took the knee," it was in prayer, Alveda King told in reaction to The New Yorker magazine depicting Dr. King kneeling in protest of the National Anthem flanked by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett.

The New Yorker's January 15, 2018 cover story, “Mark Ulriksen’s ‘In Creative Battle,'" features the drawing and quotes “San Francisco-based artist Mark Ulriksen” giving his rationale for his depiction of Dr. King:

“I asked myself, What would King be doing if he were around today?”


“I’m sure that if King were around today, he’d be disappointed at the slow pace of progress: two steps forward, twenty steps back. Or ten yards back, as the metaphor may be.”

In a response provided to, Alveda King said that her uncle and her father were both "men of God" who took the knee in prayer and "prayer is stronger even than protest":

"My Uncle MLK and father AD King were men of God who often “took the knee” in prayer to God for repentance and Reconcilliation during their Christian ministry. Prayer is stronger even than protest."

New Yorker cover depicts Dr. King joining NFL protest of National Anthem. (Screenshot)


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