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Monday, January 17th, 2011

As our co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young reminded us recently, nearly half a century after the Voting Rights Act, American voter turnout is worse than most nations. In the spirit of Dr. King, Ambassador Young’s friend and colleague, we’re working to spark a national discussion about voting.

Our nation is again in need of national reforms which will result in an America where voting is not just a right but also a democratic imperative. As we remember Dr. King for his service and sacrifice, let us not forget the emphasis Dr. King placed on “that short walk to the voting booth.”

On the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we again, as we have the last three years, bring you his August 28, 1963 speech at the March on Washington in its entirety.

Wonder why MLK Day is today and not on Dr. King’s actual birthday? Here’s the answer.

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Why Tuesday? is a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2005 to find solutions to increase voter turnout and participation in elections... More

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