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Son of civil rights icon says congressional obstruction “must go” – KIRO 7 News Seattle


SEATTLE – The son of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. has said that President Joe Biden should work to change the filibuster rule to pave the way for the passage of a new government bill. voting rights.

Martin Luther King III made the remarks, closing a three-day celebration of the 60th anniversary of his father’s only visit to Seattle.

King will end his visit to the University of Washington, where his father spoke in 1961.

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Seattle on November 8, 1961, his visit was controversial. The First Presbyterian Church has canceled its offer to speak in its sanctuary.

Sixty years later, there is no controversy over his son’s visit, but he is not afraid to cause a little controversy on his side.

“There is nothing more important we can focus on right now than expanding voting rights,” said Martin Luther King III.

He is named after an iconic figure in American history and he doesn’t hesitate to use the platform that name offers him to make a point that he believes is crucial for a free and fair democracy, the right to vote without hindrance.

“And that’s why last week I was in Washington. My wife, daughter and I were arrested in the White House, ”said Martin Luther King III, to applause. “We were arrested because we were talking about expanding the right to vote. And I’m going to go on and say, I think the filibuster needs to go away.

He says Congress has already used this political process to prevent a voting rights bill from being introduced.

“What kind of democracy is it where you can’t even discuss something that is fundamental to all of us, which is the right to vote? He asked.

The Northwest African American Museum hosted King to honor and highlight the power of his father’s legacy. King spoke fondly of the local icon, the Reverend Samuel B. McKinney, the late pastor and former classmate who invited his father to Seattle for the first time.

“And actually, mom (Coretta Scott King) used to chat with him every now and then on various issues,” Martin Luther King III said. “I remember that.”

King’s visit will end here at the University of Washington with a keynote address.