Martin Luther King’s Daughter: ‘Life Begins In a Woman’s Womb’

By Penny Starr | August 26, 2013 | 10:58am EDT

Bernice King ( Starr)

( – Bernice King, the daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said on Thursday that “life begins in a woman’s womb.”

Women played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement, King said, “and so it all begins – as does life – begins in a woman’s womb.”

Speaking at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Women’s Roundtable event in Washington, D.C., to mark the 50th anniversary of King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, King described women’s impact on the movement.

“Many people do not yet recognize and accept the fact that the movement, which my father led, would not have happened – as you have heard many stories today – without women,” King said.

“The idea of the Montgomery bus protest began with women,” King said. “And it was women who made it possible to mobilize and organize and bring the community together.

“And so, in many respects, it all begins – as does life – begins in a woman’s womb,” King said. “And so we incubate, we nurture and we birth out things and we can never, ever forget that.

“And we must always ensure that the story is told and the record is accurate,” King said.

Other speakers at the event included abortion activists Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, and Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Sponsors of the event included Planned Parenthood and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Like her father, King is a Baptist minister and also CEO of Martin Luther King, J., Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

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