Martin Luther King III Responds to Sen. Schumer’s Plan for Voting Rights Action As Rules Committee Convenes

Washington, DC – This evening, Senator Schumer announced a plan to force debate and a vote on voting rights legislation using a procedure called “messages between the Houses.” 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:

“Activists across the country are demanding action on voting rights and we’re being heard. When meeting with the President yesterday, we hoped to see a concrete plan to pass voting rights legislation — Leader Schumer outlining this plan shows the President and Congress’ laudable commitment to passing voting rights legislation by the King holiday. Now the Senate must act on their sacred duty, protect my father’s legacy, and pass these bills.”