From the State Party:
Today we honor the life of a man and the legacy of a movement that dared to face injustice and inequality with peaceful demonstration and compassion. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a future where the limits of a person’s success would be decided not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Through long years of struggle and strife, the civil rights movement prompted groundbreaking legislation barring the segregation of public facilities and banning tactics used to suppress the minority vote, eventually resulting in the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
That's why we’re launching the 1965 Project – a campaign to register 1,965 new voters between today and August 6th, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.