The King Family Crosses DC’s New Douglass Bridge on the Peace Walk – NBC4 Washington

The family of Martin Luther King Jr will cross DC’s new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge on Monday as the world celebrates King’s life and legacy.

“DC Peace Walk: Change Happens with Good Hope and a Dream” will be held on Monday morning.

Martin Luther King III; his wife, Arndrea Waters King, and several groups will then hold a press conference at Union Station at noon. The show will be closed to the public, please watch it online at DeliverForVotingRights.com.

The Give Voting Rights campaign calls for “no celebration without the law”. They called on President Joe Biden and members of the Senate to remove the voting rights dispute ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled Senate vote.

The soaring Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, with distinctive arches that adorn the DC skyline, opening in september.

Kings spent Saturday in conservative-leaning Arizona campaigning for support for a languishing federal suffrage law.. King talks about his 13-year-old daughter, Yolanda Renee King.

“Our daughter has less voting rights than she did when she was born,” King, the eldest son of the civil rights leader, said in an interview. “I can’t imagine what my mom and dad would say about that. I’m sure they’re flipping over and over in their graves on this.”

The family joined a field campaign for suffrage in Phoenix, while marching with local activists and supporters from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, a predominantly black church .

Arizona is one of 19 states that have passed more than 30 state voting laws in the past year – including a ban on giving water to voters in long lines and stricter requirements for ballot signatures – which the King called ” harsh.”

Another reason the family chose to show up in Arizona was to send a message to Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat. Biden pleaded with Sinema and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to end their opposition to the need for 60 out of 100 senators to pass most legislation.

But Sinema poured cold water on the suffrage law on Thursday, making it clear in a dramatic speech on the Senate floor that she would not change the absurd rules so it could move forward. . She said that cooperation between the two parties forced cooperation. Otherwise, Republicans can remove them and replace them whenever they come to power.

King said Simena could not simultaneously express support for the bills and block their path.

“History will remember Sen. Sinema, I don’t trust her place on the set.

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Andrew Kugle

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