Aug. 6, 2020

"Let My People Vote" Martin Luther King Jr.

In June 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an poignant editorial to the New York​ Amsterdam News asking for the immediate passage of the voting rights bill. The bill had been passed by the US Senate by not yet by the House of Representatives. The House eventually passed the Voting Rights Bill. So on August 6, 1965, The Voting Rights Bill was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson with Dr. King and a number of civil rights activists in attendance​. Today, 55 years later to celebrate that occasion I will read the letter that King wrote along with a brief note on the bill. Remembering that the 15th Amendment to the Constitution which was ratified in 1870 which supposedly gave the freed African Americans the vote in this nation had been virtually ignored for nearly a century in this nation. In 2020, it is no longer let my people vote as Dr. King implored in 1965.
Now, the mantra​ has become literally begging African Americans to come use that sacred right of the vote. On November 3, 2020 Black people get out and vote as spirit of Dr. King beckons you to the polling booths.