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Alveda King, the niece of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote an op-ed for Fox News, explaining why she is forever grateful on Mother's Day.

"On Mother's Day this year I want to thank my mother for the most precious gift: My life," she wrote. "She gifted me with my life, even though at first she was uncertain about it, and even though she had to change the plans she had made for herself and her future."

Mrs. King explained that her mother, Naomi Barber, fell pregnant with her in 1950 when she courted her father, Rev. A.D. King.

Barber was a freshman at Spelman College in Atlanta and she had big dreams, King said.

"But as their relationship got more serious, they made the choice not to wait until the wedding night. When she realized she was pregnant, her first thought was to have an abortion.

"My grandmother suggested seeking the counsel of their minister, who just happened to be the man who would be my paternal grandfather, Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.

"My Uncle Martin – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. – famously had a dream that helped change the nation. My grandfather also had a dream, and it helped save my life.

"Daddy King, as he's known in the family, told my mother, 'Naomi, you can't abort this baby. I saw her in a dream three years ago. She is not a lump of flesh. She is a little girl with light skin and bright red hair.' That was me."

Read more at Fox News.

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Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who work tirelessly to raise your children. We wouldn't be who we are today without you! We Love and Honor you on this day.

We celebrate the mothers who are no longer with us. Thank you for inspiring us, giving us strength and putting us on the right path to success in life. You are our pillar of strength. You will always remain in our hearts.

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Not everyone grew up with a loving mother. We celebrate those of you who showed Love and Kindness to the children of another mother.

God blessed us with you. You loved us unconditionally and we will never forget the many sacrifices you made for us.
 
Poet, journalist, activist and Kevin Powell wrote a touching poem titled "Mother's Day," dedicated to his aunt Birdie Lou Powell who passed away this month.

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Kevin Powell is one of the most prolific literary, political, cultural, and hip-hop voices in America. He is a poet, journalist, civil and human rights activist, public speaker, filmmaker, a former two-time candidate for the United States Congress in New York City, and author or editor of 14 books. Kevin’s newest book is When We Free The World, a short collection of essays plus one poem about the present and future of America. His next book will be a biography of Tupac Shakur, the global pop culture and hip-hop icon. Kevin’s writings have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, HuffPost, CNN, The Guardian, British GQ, The Nation, Utne Reader, Vibe, Esquire, NPR, and The Progressive. Kevin is currently completing an indie film as a first-time director/writer/producer entitled What’s Going On, about healthy manhood versus toxic manhood, about fathers and sons, inspired by Marvin Gaye’s landmark album of the same title. Kevin lives in New
York City, the borough of Brooklyn.

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