Dr. King’s family – along with faith leaders, civil rights leaders, and voting rights advocates across the country – have called on us to demand passage of voting rights legislation and access to the ballot box this year on Martin Luther King day.

No matter where you live, you too can heed the call by hosting or attending an MLK Day event on January 17th where together, we will demand our elected officials pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.


In March 1965, my father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked, “how long” must we wait for justice? Despite the difficulty of the moment, he responded, “not long,” reminding us that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” In the more than 55 years since, my family’s fight has been anchored by this understanding as we have dedicated our lives to honoring Dr. King’s legacy of peace, justice, and equity.

Attacks on our democracy are only increasing, including January 6th and the rash of Republican voter suppression attempts across the country. We haven’t seen such a coordinated attack on voting rights since Jim Crow.

The last 12 months have been defined by a tireless fight to protect the vote and save our democracy. Now, the Senate Majority Leader has committed to voting on rules reform on or before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is a testament to the powerful work you, along with other leaders, organizers, and advocates, have done day-in and day-out and we are deeply grateful for your fight.

While we appreciate Senator Schumer’s words, we need to keep the pressure on until voting rights legislation is signed, sealed, and delivered. That’s why, this Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, Arndrea, Yolanda, and are encouraging advocates across the country to honor my father’s legacy with action.

We invite you to host actions in your community on January 17th and demand our elected officials pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This year, help us declare, “No celebration without legislation.”

In 2022, we should not have to march to restore the fundamental rights that my father and other activists secured in the 1960s. Your voice and actions are critical to delivering voting rights and we hope you will be able to join us in our advocacy.

Martin Luther King, III — Arndrea Waters King — Yolanda Renee King


We’ve created this Host Toolkit that can support event organizers in incorporating voting rights messaging into their pre-planned MLK Day events, as well as tips and resources for people to organize additional MLK Day events. Before posting, check our Mobilize event page to see if there is an event already planned near you.


Already have an event planned in your community?  That’s great! You can use our messaging guide here to incorporate the call to pass voting rights legislation and grassroots actions into your MLK Day event.


If your organization is interested in partnering on nationwide events, please fill out this commitment form here.

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Learn more about the King Family’s call to action at Deliver for Voting Rights