To commemorate the 58th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I have a dream speech, thousands marched in Washington D.C. on Saturday. In attendance was Rev. Al Sharpton and Texas Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green. “You saw an insurrection against people’s right to vote. Today you saw 20,000 walked through the streets to the Capitol to represent Dr. King’s resurrection of the right to vote,” Sharpton said. “No windows broke, nobody harmed. No disorder. This is how you come to the Capitol.”
The organizer of the rally, March On said 48 states have introduced 389 bills since January that it says amount to quote “outright voter suppression”. organizers also rallied in Atlanta Phoenix Miami and Houston. At the Atlanta rally Bernice King sad, “Voting rights is not an evanescent domestic issue that can be kicked about by reactionary guardians of the status quo. It is rather an eternal moral issue, which may well determine the destiny of our nation. The hour is late, the clock of destiny is ticking out, and we must act now before it’s too late.”
This comes after The House passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Act in order to ban discriminatory voting procedures, however Democrats do not have the votes to break through the filibuster.