Anti-abortion activist Alveda King spoke with students at Golden Valley High School at an assembly Wednesday.
King, the niece of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., came to speak about what she refers to as the “Nonviolent Conflict Reconciliation” approach to life, composed of six steps to better enact social change non-violently that she hopes teenagers and children will take to heart as they transition to adulthood.
“People say children are the future,” King said. “I say children are the present.”
The forum was interactive at times, with students being pulled from the audience to the stage on numerous occasions both to speak and to take part in an activity she called “passing the torch.”
In this activity, she had one student grab a rolled up piece of paper representing a torch, walk to the other, hand the paper to them, then have them walk back together; this, she said, was indicative of a teamwork-building spirit.
The presentation was mostly made up of activities like these, but the doctor’s true passion was discussed after the forum.
“One of the things I regret most are my own abortions,” King said. “My grandfather… saved me from abortion. My mom wanted to abort me in 1950.”
Hart school district trustee Joe Messina set up the forum, ecstatic to have King in the Santa Clarita area to speak, which is something he says he has been working toward for years.
“[Her] message today was about nonviolence,” Messina said. “Protest all you want but… nonviolence. The other message she had was the color of your skin shouldn’t matter.
Dr. King is presently on what she’s referring to as a “compassion tour,” where she is going to schools, churches, and prayer circles across the country to discuss the Nonviolent Conflict Reconciliation program, and hopes to continue to engage with young people across the country. You can find out where she’s heading next here.