Martin Luther King III: ‘No More Empty Words’ on Voting Rights

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In a voting rights rally, the oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called out Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for their support of the filibuster.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, his oldest son, Martin Luther King III, is using this day to demand that President Joe Biden and senators pick up their efforts on passing voting rights legislation and get rid of the filibuster, according to The Hill

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He, along with his wife Arndrea Waters King and their daughter Yolanda Renee King, joined hundreds of activists and residents in a walk across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. In their words, the bridge epitomizes President Biden and Congress approving the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

“If you can deliver an infrastructure bill for bridges, you can deliver voting rights for Americans. If you do not, there’s no bridge in this nation that can hold the weight of that failure,” King III said.  

He called out Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for using the filibuster to raise the debt ceiling, but not getting rid of it when it comes to protecting voting rights. King III spoke about the time when his father wrote his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” which states that the white moderate was the biggest stumbling block for freedom for Black Americans. 

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“No matter what happens tomorrow, we must keep the pressure on and say, ‘No more empty words. Don’t tell us what you believe in, show us with your votes.’ History will be watching what happens tomorrow, Black and Brown Americans will be watching what happens tomorrow. In 50 years, students will read about what happens tomorrow and know whether our leaders had the integrity to do the right thing.” 

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