Martin Luther King III Responds to House Passage of Voting Rights Legislation
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act in the latest bid to advance critical voting rights legislation. This comes days before MLK Day voting rights mobilizations commence in Arizona and D.C., where Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King and over 150 partner organizations will collectively call on the Senate and the White House to deliver for voting rights like they delivered for bridges.
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Martin Luther King III, Civil rights leader and Chairman of the Drum Major Institute issued the following statement in response:
“We are extraordinarily grateful for the House’s clear commitment to protect our democracy — now the burden once more lies with the Senate. As we approach my father’s holiday, the stakes could not be higher to protect and expand his legacy. Senators now face one of the most existential choices of their tenure: protect our voting rights or go down in history as an enabler of voter suppression. Our message to Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema is clear: choosing the filibuster over voting rights is a horrendous abdication of your responsibility to this nation.”