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Pro-Life Freedom Rides Press Conference - April 27, 2010

On April 27, 2010, the Priests for Life pastoral team in Birmingham, Ala., formally announced the Pro-Life Freedom Rides. Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach, and Janet Morana, executive director and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, were joined by African-American civil rights and pro-life leaders in announcing that beginning July 23, Freedom Rides for the Unborn will travel the routes of the 1961 Freedom Rides that tested the new anti-segregation laws. A press conference in historic Kelly Ingram Park was held at 10:30 a.m. Central Time.

Read the text of Fr. Frank Pavone's statement to the press.

Read the text of Dr. Alveda King's statement to the press.

  
Workers at Thrasher Brothers Charters and Tours wrap the Freedom Rides bus in preparation for the April 27th press conference.

Civil rights leaders and the Priests for Life team take the stage.

Jerry Horn aboard Freedom Rides bus.

Jim Pinto, director of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, talks about the history of Kelly Ingram Park.

Jerry Horn, right, also known as The Man With The Bullhorn, poses with Bubba Bussey, Dr. Alveda King and Rick Burgess.

Father Frank Pavone preaches on the greatest civil rights violation - abortion. "Human rights begin when human life begins and not one moment later," he proclaimed to applause.

The Pro Life Freedom Rides bus ready to go...

"I have a dream," Dr. Alveda King tells pro-life supporters. "It's in my genes!"

Dr. Alveda King starts her day with a guest slot on the Rick and Bubba Show, one of the most popular radio shows in the Southeast. From left are Father Terry Gensemer, Rick Burgess, Dr. King and Bubba Bussey.

"The Least of These," an anthem composed by Jamie Owens Collins for the Pro-Life Freedom Rides" has its debut.

Dr. Alveda King chats with Rick Burgess on the Rick and Bubba Show.

Dr. Alveda King and Father Frank Pavone answer questions from the media.

Catherine Davis of Georgia Right to Life is interviewed in front of the Freedom Bus.

Father Frank Pavone talks about the importance of youth to the pro-life movement.

The Freedom For All banner flies at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham.

Dean Nelson of the Network of Politically Active Christians sends out a call for college students to get involved in pro-life activities.

Dr. Alveda King's father, Rev. A.D. King, center, is immortalized in the Ministers Kneeling in Prayer statue in Kelly Ingram Park

Documentary filmmaker Peter Shinn interviews Father Frank Pavone

Some of the Priests for Life team poses on the bus. Holding the door is Jacob Jones of Birmingham.

Kenneth Faullk of the Birmingham News talks with Father Frank Pavone about the upcoming Freedom Rides.

The pro-life and civil rights leaders join Father Frank and the Priests for Life team in front of the bus.

Father Frank Pavone gets behind the wheel of the Freedom Bus.

Father Frank Pavone leads a prayer before the press conference.

Fr. Frank Pavone addresses the crowd.

Members of Catholics United for Life of Huntsville, Ala., show their support.

The Freedom Rides bus

Students from Restoration Academy pose for the cause.


Jerry Horn, senior vice president, opens the press conference.


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