May 22, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece says in the 50 years since his "I Have a Dream" speech, people have "walked away" from his spiritual message and "tried to solve everything with laws."
The Rev. Alveda King says she marched and went to jail during the civil rights movement and now campaigns against abortion and opposes gay marriage. She worries that the freedom her uncle fought for has been redefined in ways he wouldn't recognize.
But King says she's come to see that "causes divide us. It is love that unites us."
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. opposed the Vietnam War, and his niece believes if he was alive today he would favor negotiations with Syria to avert a possible U.S. attack.