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Monday, January 18th, 2010

That Short Walk To The Voting Booth

Nearly half a century has passed since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite enthusiasm for the 2008 campaign, USA voter turnout in 2009 was anemic, worse than most nations. In the spirit of Dr. King, we’re working to spark a national discussion about voting. (more…)

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dr. King

Dr. King

Our group was founded by personal acquaintances of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to honor the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, for which Dr. King fought for and won for all Americans.

Today, January 15th, is Dr. King’s birthday. But “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,” a national holiday in the United States where government offices and many private businesses are closed, always falls on the third Monday in January, making a three-day weekend for the people of the United States. Other presidents’ birthdays, and Columbus Day, were also “moved” to make for three-day-weekends, and even Thanksgiving was moved by FDR to try and stimulate the economy.

Our question is this: if the birthday of one of our nation’s most famous election reformers can be moved to make for a three-day-weekend, why can’t Election Day be moved from the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, where it has been since 1845, to make voting more accessible in a country where voting ranks near the bottom of all countries in the world?

We don’t know the answer either. To find out why we vote on Tuesday, click here.

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Monday, January 19th, 2009

A More Perfect Union

Ambassador Andrew Young

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – As with so many people across the globe, today is very near and dear to Why Tuesday?’s heart. This organization was founded in the spirit of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by William B. Wachtel whose father, Harry, was a close friend and advisor Dr. King. So today, we also salute the accomplishments of Why Tuesday? Board members Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III. (more…)

Monday, January 19th, 2009

That Short Walk To The Voting Booth

Nearly half a century has passed since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite enthusiasm about Barack Obama’s historic campaign, USA voter turnout is worse than almost all nations. In the spirit of Dr. King, we’re working to spark a national discussion about voting. (more…)

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Welcome, History Channel Viewers!

Welcome to those of you who made your way here by way of the History Channel. Our founder William Wachtel is featured in Tom Brokaw’s KING documentary, a look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy 40 years after his assassination. Watch John Legend perform U2’s Pride for the film, via YouTube. (more…)

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

TIME: An Assassination Remembered

Andrew Young

On the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., TIME magazine talked with the four surviving aides who were with him that fateful day.

Why Tuesday? Board Member Andrew Young was one of those aides.

He says King’s influence and the movement he started continues to be felt.

“It inspired success in a broad range of men and women of goodwill in the world. It inspired success, I’m sure in South Africa, but…also…when the Polish freedom fighters were standing up against communism, they followed our non-violent traditions. When the Berlin Wall came down, they were singing ‘We Shall Overcome.’ The same thing was true in Tiananmen Square, so there was a global movement. In fact, it was global before we got in it because all of us learned it from Gandhi.”

He said King would be surprised at the progress that has been made over time, although there is much more to do.

“Freedom is a struggle and we do it together. Not only together as black citizens, but black and white together,” says Young. “Martin Luther King talked about a Coalition of Conscience, or a Coalition of Goodwill — people of goodwill who want to change the world for the better. I think you see evidence of that.”

For the complete article, click here. Ambassador Young will appear Sunday morning on Meet the Press, alongside Tom Brokaw, to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy.

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