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MLK, Jr. on the Importance of Family Planning

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For the Negro, therefore, intelligent guides of family planning are a profoundly important ingredient in his quest for security and a decent life. There are mountainous obstacles still separating Negroes from a normal existence. Yet one element in stabilizing his life would be an understanding of and easy access to the means to develop a family related in size to his community environment and to the income potential he can command.- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s activism for civil rights, against war, and for the struggle of poor people. But did you know that he also supported family planning clinics? In 1966, King was given Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, named for that organization’s founder. King believed that having access to birth control and family planning was essential to self determination and economic justice. The entire text of King’s acceptance speech can be found here.

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