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King III, Implores the Senate for Action on Voting Rights on MLK Day

Martin Luther King III, who is the eldest son of the late Martin Luther King, Jr condemned the federal government for its inaction, Mr. King’s disappointment came just a day before the U.S Senate is expected to take up significant legislation on voting rights cases, which so far seems like a lost cause.
Martin Luther King III, who was in Washington D.C on Monday said that although he will be marking the federal holiday named after his father, he maintained that he was not there to celebrate. He called on Congress and the President to pass the sweeping legislation.
Monday marked the 93rd birth anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. King was a pioneer of the equal rights movement in the United States and was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39 in Memphis, Tennessee when he was helping sanitation workers strike for better pay and safety measures at the workplace.
On Monday the United States celebrated the 93rd birth anniversary of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. Around the country holiday events were held, like marches, and services.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris paid their respects and shared their remarks on King’s birth anniversary virtually through online streams including other political leaders of the United States.
Americans must commit to the King’s unfinished work, Joe Biden said.

Democrat leaders were hoping to vote on the proposed legislation on Monday, which would have marked the same day as the King’s birthday, a show of respect for the late civil rights leader as the issue gathered political debate late last year and peaked with a powerful speech last week by Biden, who likened Capitol Hill violence and election subversion with the civil rights movement fought by King and other civil right leaders. But, many leaders were disappointed and it came too late for them.
Republican representatives in the Senate remained firm in opposition to the Democrats’ voting bills, and the 50-50 chamber needed 60 votes to pass the legislation. Two Democratic representatives remained opposed to changing Senate rules that would have allowed for the Democratic Party to pass the bills without the support of the GOP. The vote was then pushed back to Tuesday, but it looks as if there is no way through for the legislation to protect the right to vote.
King recalled how his father during his attempts to reform civil rights also faced pushback on civil rights by those who believed the issue could not be solved with legislation.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who is a Democratic senator from Arizona had argued that bipartisanship is needed to address the current bills, but King countered her remarks that many significant milestones, including the 14th Amendment that granted citizenship to former slaves, were passed in the Congress without bipartisan support.
Martin Luther King, Jr who delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech when he was leading the 1963 March on Washington. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, which considered racial equality inseparable from alleviating poverty and stopping war.



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