Martin Luther King Jr.’s family calls for ‘no celebration’ of MLK Day without action on voting rights legislation

The family of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. is calling for a cancellation of the upcoming celebrations of MLK Day if Congress fails to pass voting rights reform. Martin Luther King III, the son of the slain civil rights icon, has said in a statement that “President Biden and Congress used their political muscle to deliver a vital infrastructure deal, and now we are calling on them to do the same to restore the very voting rights protections my father and countless other civil rights leaders bled to secure.” A rally and march is planned to take place on January 15th (the anniversary of King’s birth) in Phoenix, Arizona – a state which many believe to be home to some of the country’s most oppressive and unjust modern voting rights restrictions. On January 17th (the date of the federal holiday), plans are in place to march in protest down the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. 

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