Imagine being fast asleep after your parents tucked you in, gave you a kiss, and told you to sleep tight. You feel safe.
Then imagine being ripped from sleep by an excruciatingly loud blast, tearing into your home, destroying your safe haven. Imagine running from your room to find your house ripped apart by a bomb.
That's where Alveda King found herself at age 12 in 1963. Because of her family's fight for civil rights, she quickly learned the power of keeping her eyes on freedom rather than succumbing to fear. Her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and her father, Rev. A. D. King—leaders of the U. S. civil rights movement—opened her world to the power, importance, and cost of freedom.
Dr. Alveda King knows the pain of bondage. With ancestry in American slavery, she lived through Jim Crow, segregation, and racial hatred.
But she also understands bondage from poor decisions. At a young age, she walked away from God, leading her to two abortions, three divorces, and a lot of anger.
Not until many years later did she finally understand that true freedom means living life in light of Christ's death and resurrection.
Now a leader in her own right, Dr. King is a mother and grandmother, a civil rights activist, pastoral associate and director of African-American Outreach with Priests for Life, and founder of King for America. She's written several books, including Life at All Costs.
Here's what she says about understanding God's gift of freedom.1