Conversations of King: Give Us The Ballot



At the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom gathering at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave one of his most remarkable speeches: Give Us the Ballot. That was in 1957. 65 years later, Washington D.C., continues to be the backdrop for the fight for voting rights.

U.S Senators have repeatedly blocked Voting Rights legislation, including the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which is aimed at fighting voter suppression and updating key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite the obstruction, other legislators have vowed to keep fighting.

But many think it will take more than elected officials and lobbyists to settle the issues and are calling for individuals in communities across the country to let their voices be heard on this matter.

Join WHYY and NewCORE on MLK Day 2022 as we reflect on Dr. King’s 1957 speech and explore how it connects to today’s fight for ballot access for all



Christopher "Flood The Drummer" Norris, WHYY’s Managing Editor for Community & Engagement.   



Abu Edwards, Millennials in Action

Rev. Gregory Holston, UMC Itinerant Philadelphia Pastor

Brittany Smalls, One PA

Saj “Purple” Blackwell, Blackwell Cultural Alliance

Date & Time
Monday, January 17, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m

Virtual link provided. 

General Admission
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