The 48th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King
- New York 04/04/2016 by Linda Perry (WBAI)
Martin Luther King Jr. 'Give Us the Ballot' May 17, 1957
"Give us the right to vote. Give us the ballot," said Dr. King in a 1957 speech.
Eight years later LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act into law, but today Americans face continued discrimination at the ballot box, new versions of old challenges.
According to Rev. Jesse Jackson, voter suppression is one thing. Voter surrender is worse, where people have the right to vote but don't show up.
This is only too evident in states like New York, where only 1 in 4 participated in the last general election. Please click the arrow above to hear our report.