Niece of Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at local fundraiser





Dr. Alveda King

Dr. Alveda King

FLINT TWP. — Dr. Alveda King, niece of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, will be the guest speaker at the annual benefit dinner for the IMPACT Pregnancy Resource Center, 2585 Lavelle Road.

Tickets are $30 each and are now on sale for the fundraiser scheduled for 6 p.m. May 16 at Colonial Valley Suites, 101831 Lapeer Road in Davison.

King is a national pro-life activist, a minister and the founder of King for America. She is the daughter of the Rev. A.D. King, who was M.L. King’s brother.

IMPACT is a free pregnancy counseling and support center for pregnant women of all ages.

“We provide material needs to moms with children under age two,” said Yvonne Penton, IMPACT director.

Center services include counseling and physical aid, emotional support group and ultrasounds for those who are unsure of how to handle their pregnancy.

Supported by volunteers, the center currently is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

“It is our desire to help reduce the drastic racial disparities in birth outcomes between ethnic groups particularly in young African Americans.” Penton said.

“In Genesee County White women have a 67 percent higher success rate of healthy live births than do African Americans.”

IMPACT’s parenting education classes explain the female reproductive system and addresses questions that provide clear understanding on how to become pregnant and how to prevent unexpected pregnancy, Penton said.

The center is non-profit and privately owned. It has an active working board of directors, an executive director, lead counselor and clerical staff.

For tickets to the benefit dinner, call 810-444-7298.


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