Washington DC: Americans must commit to the unfinished work of Martin Luther King Jr, delivering jobs and justice and protecting “the sacred right to vote, a right from which all other rights flow, President Joe Biden said Monday. It’s time for every elected official in America to make it clear where they stand,” Biden said.
Monday would have been the 93rd birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was just 39 when he was assassinated in 1968 while helping sanitation workers strike for better pay and workplace safety in Memphis, Tennessee.
Major Holiday events included marches in several cities and the annual Martin Luther King Jr service at the slain civil rights leader’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where US Sen. Raphael Warnock is the senior pastor. Pews have been packed by politicians in past years, but given the pandemic, they offered pre-recorded speeches instead.
King’s eldest son criticized Biden and Congress as a whole on Monday for failing to pass voting rights legislation, even as 19 Republican-led states have made it harder to vote in response to former President Donald Trump’s false claims about election-rigging.
You were successful with infrastructure, but we need you to use that same energy to ensure that all Americans have the same unencumbered right to vote, Martin Luther King III said.