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Niece of Martin Luther King to speak

Alveda C. King, the niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will be the guest speaker at the Summit Life Outreach Center's second annual fundraising dinner, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston.

A former college professor, King is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Atlanta, and the author of several books, including one on her slain uncle's legacy.

During the years of the civil rights movement, her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed. She also spent time in jail for her efforts in the open housing movement.

She has served on the boards and committees of numerous organizations, including the Coalition of African American Pastors.

An actress and songwriter, King is the voice for the "Silent No More Awareness Campaign," expressing her regrets for abortion.

The Summit Life Outreach Center, inside The Summit mall on Williams Road in Wheatfield, helps women with unplanned pregnancies by providing pregnancy tests and confidential peer counseling.

"We promote abstinence and chastity," said Liz Bignell of Lewiston, vice president of the board of directors.

The center also provides material items for babies, such as clothing, and teaches parenting skills. All services are free. The center currently has about 200 clients.

Organized by board members and opened in 2006, the center is headed by Corinne Cich, the director. Keith Josten is board of directors president.

More than 300 people attended last year's fundraising dinner. About 250 are expected this year, Bignell said.

The evening will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. King will give her address, "How Can the Dream Survive?," at 8 p.m. A film presentation on the outreach center, with testimonials by clients, will follow. The evening will conclude with basket auction drawings at 9 p.m.

People wanting tickets are asked to call 745-3403. The cost is $35. Directions to the shrine can be obtained by calling 754-7489.

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