Well, we don’t have to guess what Dr. King Jr. would say. He left for us powerful words that seem eerily applicable to the current crisis we face.
In 1957, six years before his speech at the March on Washington and eight years before the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Dr. King Jr. gave another speech in Washington, D.C., commemorating the third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown vs. Board of Education.
Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King remarked that “all types of conniving methods are still being used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters.” Continuing, he argued, “The denial of this sacred right is a tragic betrayal of the highest mandates of our democratic tradition.” Before a crowd of thousands, King made a plea to those in power and said, “Our most urgent request to the president of the United States and every member of Congress is to give us the right to vote.”
Listen below as John Rothmann dives into MLK Jr.’s powerful remarks.
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The Pat Thurston Show celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She discusses how the the educator, advocate and activist has left a lasting impact on all of us today.
Pat Thurston explains what Martin Luther King Jr. said about voting rights and why any celebration without legislation dishonors his legacy.