Martin Luther King Jr.'s family leads march urging lawmakers to pass federal voting rights

The family of Martin Luther King Jr. was among a coalition of civil rights groups in Washington Monday who pressured lawmakers to pass federal voting rights legislation.

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Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., calls out Sens. Manchin and Sinema during remarks on voting rights. “Our future hinges on your decision and history will remember what choice you make.”

The family of Martin Luther King Jr. was among a coalition of civil rights groups in Washington Monday who pressured lawmakers to pass federal voting rights legislation.

Elizabeth Frantz/ReutersYolanda Renee KingShe added,"For all the elected leaders out there who are tweeting, posting and celebrating my grandfather, Dr. King, today, my message to you is simple do not celebrate, legislate!"Carlos Barria/Reuters

When asked if Manchin's words are enough, King III told ABC News,"First of all, I would say that, you know, it's kind of frustrating for people to be releasing statements and you really have not totally adhered to my father's ideals. My father not only gave his life, but he fought for the right to vote, and he and others gave their lives. And again, Sen. Manchin says he supports a bill but he won't move or is not so far moved on a pathway to say that there's a pathway for it."

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This is sad exploitation of a child! ABC “News” is a very willing participant to this exploitation! Congratulations King family! You have won! You have the right to vote. And NO ONE is taking that away or even trying to! Sure...like EVERY OTHER developed nation (even tones that neve had slavery) you have to prove you are who you say you are and are eligible. But that's easy.

I love that speech, I have tears. From your lips to God's ears. Thank you for your passion. ❤❤🙏🙏🙏 Just because she's his granddaughter doesn't mean much. No it won’t . I tell everyone; 'Decisions Today, Determine Tomorrow' 🙏🏻🇺🇸💪🏼👍🏼💚 This bill has nothing to do with voting rights.... it has everything to do with federalizing our elections and making it easier for Dems to cheat bc they are so very unpopular

The future looks good! Reading a pre writing speech that she did not write A child too young to really think on these issues is weaponized to try and shame people old enough to really have opinions. More at 11. Who can't vote? Please list the names.. More B's lies by the rats.

MLK Day events in LA to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy MondayLos Angeles' premier annual event to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- the Kingdom Day Parade in South L.A. -- has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are still a number of MLK-related events set for the Monday holiday. A visionary

Everyone has the same voting rights. you go and register to vote then when it's time to vote you go to the polls and choose who you want in office dems want more rights than everyone else IDs for eating but not for voting lmao clown world . 👏👏👏👏👏👏💚💜💚💜💚💜

Photos: Bay Area volunteers mark Martin Luther King Jr. day of serviceResidents in Richmond boxed meals, while Palo Alto residents made burritos and no-sew blankets for the unhoused.

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How Martin Luther King, Jr.’s multifaceted view on human rights still inspires todaySome of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most iconic speeches and marches were devoted to ending war, dismantling nuclear weapons, and bringing economic justice—a multifaceted view on human rights which still inspires today الجوازات_نساء عودتكم_حياة العودة_الحضورية_الآمنة وزارة_التعليم البزنس43 Great man! Noticed pundits+politicians who arrogantly opine POTUS’ 'tone' calling out the implicit racism in anti-Voter laws+resistance to strong Voter Rights look like people in no danger of THEIR Right to Vote stolen. Implicit “You (people of color) need to ask me nicely if you can vote”

How to watch the 'Ice Moon' rise on Martin Luther King Jr. DayThe full moon is the first of 2022. Screw your fake moon marketing flavors. It’s the moon. Not something we should ignore every day except for the mere 24-hour window each month that it is considered “full”, making it briefly worth looking at. This whole marketing promotion for the moon is sheer idiocy.

What to listen to on the day Martin Luther King Jr. is rememberedKing was fearless—and fearless because he was faithful—and dangerous to the segregationists. He answered to a higher authority. Dr King wanted to live in a world where we were judged by the content of our character not color of our skin. However, that is precisely what the left wants. CRT absolutely segregates us. It attempts to shame white people and teaches kids of color to be victims. EqualityEquity 🙌

Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. If voted to proceed, it would be the first time this Congress takes up a debate on voting rights in the Senate. Without the support of 10 Republicans needed to overcome a GOP filibuster to block the legislation, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to raise a rules change vote as early as Tuesday, according to a Democratic aide familiar. But with moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema making clear they will not vote to end the Senate's filibuster -- even though both support the underlying legislation -- the fate of the reforms that activists are demanding action on is unclear. Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of the late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., his wife Arndrea Waters King and daughter Yolanda Renee King take part in a Peace Walk on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2022. "Let the Senate hear you! Let the White House hear you all! Spread the word!" said King's granddaughter before her family led hundreds of marchers across a snow-capped Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. Yolanda Renee King had sharp words for lawmakers, calling out Senators Manchin and Sinema by name. "Sen. Sinema, Sen. Manchin, our future hinges on your decision and history will remember what choice you make. So join me in demanding action for today, tomorrow and generations to come," Yolanda Renee King said. She added,"For all the elected leaders out there who are tweeting, posting and celebrating my grandfather, Dr. King, today, my message to you is simple do not celebrate, legislate!" Manchin released a Monday celebrating the life and legacy of King, but made no mention of voting rights. Carlos Barria/Reuters Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of the late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., his daughter Yolanda Renee King, and wife Arndrea Waters King attend a demonstration to press for voting rights in Phoenix, Jan. 15, 2022. "We celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most inspiring and important figures in American history. Dr. King taught us to stand up for what we believe in through civil, peaceful means to unite our nation instead of divide it," the statement read. When asked if Manchin's words are enough, King III told ABC News,"First of all, I would say that, you know, it's kind of frustrating for people to be releasing statements and you really have not totally adhered to my father's ideals. My father not only gave his life, but he fought for the right to vote, and he and others gave their lives. And again, Sen. Manchin says he supports a bill but he won't move or is not so far moved on a pathway to say that there's a pathway for it." He added,"So my hope and my message to him would be senator, you got to go further. You can't say, 'I'm for something' but don't have a pathway to [it], and that's anybody who's talking about dad today, because I'm sure [there are also] many senators also on the Republican side, who ought to be ashamed of themselves, who have shut down the process for voter expansion, voter protections." Samuel Corum/Getty Images Martin Luther King III and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi embrace during a press conference at Union Station on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17, 2022, in Washington, D.C. At least 19 states have passed new restrictive voting laws since the 2020 election. There have been 34 such new laws in total across the country, according to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice, and most of them in states controlled by Republicans. Many of the new laws, fueled by false claims of widespread election fraud by former President Donald Trump, take aim at mail-in voting, implement stricter voter ID requirements, allow fewer early voting days and limit ballot drop boxes. MORE: Clyburn asks senators 'which side are you on?' for voting rights House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the King family Monday for a voting rights rally at Washington's Union Station outside Capitol Hill, where she spoke in support of expanding voter access, alongside other members of Congress and activists, including Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, and Rev. Al Sharpton. Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of the late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., his wife Arndrea Waters King and daughter Yolanda Renee King take part in a Peace Walk on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2022. "The Congress and I give great credit to the Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer for his relentless and persistence and trying to get this done, and to the president for his leadership, but we have to get this done," Pelosi said, before launching into an argument for changing Senate rules to make way for election reform legislation. MORE: Sinema, Manchin reject Biden push to change filibuster for voting rights Mike Theiler/Reuters Visitors walk past the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as the sun breaks through clouds after a stormy night, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2022. "While it may be true to them that the filibuster is an important custom, it is not the Constitution of the United States, the truth is," Pelosi said."If you really truly want to honor Dr. King, don't dishonor him by using compression of custom as an excuse for our democracy." Megan Varner/Getty Images, FILE President Joe Biden delivers remarks on voting rights legislation at the Atlanta University Center Consortium, part of both Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, Jan. 11, 2022, in Atlanta. Georgia has been a focus point for voting legislation after the state voted Democratic for the first time in almost 30 years in the 2020 election. As a result, the Georgia House passed House Bill 531 to limit voting hours, drop boxes, and require a government ID when voting by mail. Beatty, following Pelosi, told the crowd of supporters,"Silence is not an option." "We will not yield our efforts to enshrine voting rights legislation into law, nor will we allow a filibuster to filibuster away our democracy and our voting rights," she said. ABC News' Libby Cathey contributed to this report.