Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Beatty, Rep. Sewell and More to Join Martin Luther King III and Arndrea Waters King for MLK Day Press Conference on Voting Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will join Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King and Yolanda Renee King, as well as other elected officials and civil rights leaders at a press conference to discuss the critical need for action on voting rights legislation. The press conference comes as the Senate heads for a vote on the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Voting RIghts Act on Tuesday. Mr. King and others will call on the Senate to do away with the filibuster in order to pass this bill.

The list of speakers includes:

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi  
  • Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus 
  • Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), United States Congress
  • Martin Luther King III, Chairman of the Drum Major Institute
  • Arndrea Waters King, President of the Drum Major Institute
  • Yolanda Renee King, Director of Youth Programming for the Drum Major Institute and Granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network 
  • DaMareo Cooper Co-Chair of the Center for Popular Democracy 
  • Kelly Robinson, Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Vice President of Advocacy and Organizing at Planned Parenthood Federation of America 
  • Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino  
  • Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers 
  • Becky Pringle, President of the National Education Association 
  • Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation 
  • LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter
  • Rahna Epting, Executive Director of MoveOn
  • Donald Cravins, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Urban League
  • Rev. Lis Theoharis, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign 
  • Ramón Cruz, President of Sierra Club 
  • Stephanie Young, Executive Director of When We All Vote 
  • Taifa Smith Butler, President of Demos
  • Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO of League of Women Voters 

In the morning before the press conference, Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, Yolanda Renee King and representatives from partner organizations will join the D.C. MLK Holiday Committee for their D.C. Peace Walk: Change Happens with Good Hope and a Dream. The King family will not be formally speaking at the Peace Walk; however, media is invited to capture footage and photos of the family crossing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.

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