Thursday, July 22, 2010

FDF Chairman Timothy Johnson to Join Dr. Alveda King in Pro-Life Freedom Ride

July 20, 2010
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FDF Chairman Timothy Johnson to Join Dr. Alveda King in Pro-Life Freedom Ride

WASHINGTON, DC - Timothy F. Johnson, Chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, announced today that he is joining Dr. Alveda King on a Pro-Life Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama to Atlanta this Friday, July 23.

The Pro-Life Freedom Rides are a peaceful, visible expression of the commitment of people around the country to work for freedom for the unborn."I am honored to have been asked to join Dr. Alveda King's Pro Life Freedom Ride from Birmingham to Atlanta," said Timothy F. Johnson, PhD. "I'm joining Dr. King to protect freedom and equal justice for everyone - especially the unborn."

Dr. Alveda King, who is a full-time member of the Pastoral Team of Priests for Life and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., will be leading the Pro-Life Freedom Rides, building on a method that the Civil Rights Movement used effectively in the 1960s.

In that movement, thirteen individuals boarded a bus in Washington DC in 1961 and headed for New Orleans. Their intent was to test the enforcement of a Supreme Court decision the previous year that outlawed racial segregation in the restaurants and waiting areas of bus terminals that served interstate travelers.

That one ride led to dozens of others in various parts of the country, with hundreds of people getting involved."This Freedom Ride is being held in the same spirit as the rides fifty years ago, when the goal was equal opportunities and treatment of African Americans.

We're continuing to express the same respect for human rights by supporting the pro-life movement."

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