MLK III Responds to Schumer’s Plans for Action on Voting Rights Ahead of MLK Day Holiday

Atlanta, GA – This morning, Leader Schumer issued a Dear Colleague letter about the urgency of passing voting rights legislation and stated “the Senate will debate and consider changes to Senate rules on or before January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to protect the foundation of our democracy: free and fair elections.” This news comes after the announcement that Martin Luther King III and Arndrea Waters King will lead national actions on MLK Day weekend calling on Congress to deliver for voting rights just as they delivered for bridges. 

“There is no better way to honor my father’s legacy than protecting the right to vote for all Americans,” said Martin Luther King III, Chairman of the Drum Major Institute. “The King holiday is historically a day of service, and we hope the United States Senate will serve our democracy by passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. We applaud Senator Schumer for his commitment to expanding voting rights, but we won’t halt our plans for action until legislation has been signed.” 

“Last month, we called for all Americans to join us in celebrating the King holiday this year by demanding action on voting rights because as Leader Schumer has said on multiple occasions, ‘failure is not an option,’” said Arndrea Waters King, President of the Drum Major Institute. “Senate Democrats understand the urgency of the voter suppression sweeping the nation, and we hope that they will honor Dr. King by standing on the right side of history — eliminating the filibuster and passing federal voting rights protections.”



On Martin Luther King Day 2022, Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, and Yolanda Renee King will continue raising their voices in the struggle for voting rights. Throughout MLK Day weekend, Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, Yolanda Renee King and over 100 national and grassroots groups will cross symbolic bridges to send a clear message to President Biden and Congress: you delivered for bridges, now deliver for voting rights. The mobilizations will begin in Arizona on January 15, Dr. King’s birthday, where Martin Luther King III’s family and local groups will rally supporters across Phoenix, in alignment with the Arizona Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee. Actions will culminate in D.C. on January 17, where the family and hundreds more will cross the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and join the annual D.C. Peace Walk: Change Happens with Good Hope and a Dream