Aug. 6, 2019
"Let My People Vote" Martin Luther King Jr.
In June 1965 Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an editorial to the New York Amsterdam News asking for immediate passage of the voting rights bill. The bill had been passed by the US Senate by not yet by the House of Representatives. On August 6, 1965, The Voting Rights Bill was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson with Dr. King in attendance. Today, 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 had been virtually ignored for nearly a century in this nation. In 2019, it is no longer let my people vote, but now the mantra should come on people get out and vote.