Walter B. Hoye peacefully offered women another option, was sent to jail for it
SAN FRANCISCO -- A soft-spoken Baptist minister was arrested in Oakland, California, in 2009 and thrown in jail for holding up a sign outside an abortion clinic that read "God loves you and your baby. Let us help you." Walter B. Hoye II sat in jail because he stood peacefully outside the Family Planning Specialists abortion clinic offering women another option. BLACK AND PRO-LIFE IN AMERICA tells Hoye's incredible story of not only sharing the love of Jesus on a sidewalk outside an abortion clinic, and then in jail itself, but how his pro-life beliefs shunned him from the black community.
Written with a forward by Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., BLACK AND PRO-LIFE IN AMERICA is a nearly unbelievable tale. How could a man who stood peacefully outside an abortion clinic be arrested and thrown in jail? Even the men in Hoye's jail cell didn't believe his story until they saw a newspaper story about him.
Author Robert W. Artigo, an investigative journalist and an award-winning screenwriter, delivers Hoye's story through the lens of the ordained Baptist minister's own personal history as the descendant of black slaves and the disciple of his hero Martin Luther King Jr. BLACK AND PRO-LIFE IN AMERICA delivers a compelling story of a man who refused to bow to the opposition and forgo his calling to offer help to women in need, most of whom were black like him.
"Few people are willing to suffer targeting and deprivation of freedom for the sake of justice," said the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco. "Walter Hoye is one such hero. Anyone who looks for inspiration to do what is right, no matter the cost - or doubts the logical and moral coherence of being black and pro-life - needs to read this book."