Press Release: Local Activists Lead March On For Voting Rights Atlanta With Rally And Concert At Centennial Park Featuring Ludacris on Saturday, August 28, The 58th Anniversary Of The March On Washington
March On for Voting Rights is a Nationwide Mass Mobilization to Demand that Elected Officials Protect Democracy, Denounce Voter Suppression and Ensure Fair, Easy Access to the Vote for All
ATLANTA—On Saturday, August 28, the 58th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic March on Washington, Atlantans who are committed to saving democracy and free elections will join together for the March On for Voting Rights. The Atlanta march will start at historic Ebenezer Church and conclude at Centennial Park with a rally and concert featuring Atlanta’s own Ludacris as headliner. The effort is part of a nationwide mass mobilization to demand Congress stop voter suppression and pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Restoration Act, which will ensure free, fair access to the ballot for every voter. In addition to Atlanta, marches will also take place in Houston, Miami, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and in more than 65 other cities around the country on August 28.
“During the Presidential and Georgia runoff elections, March On traveled throughout Georgia to ensure that we empowered voters and combated the rampant disinformation in communities that are vulnerable to voter suppression,” said Andi Pringle, Political and Strategic Campaigns Director of March On. “These efforts worked, and now, people are attempting to make it harder to vote in Georgia and states across the country, and it is morally unconscionable and anti-democratic. We’re calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act by any means necessary.”
Marching alongside Pringle and many other notable activists are Courtney and Corrie Cockrell, the great-nieces of murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The sisters believe in the urgency of this moment and the need for a diverse coalition of Americans to stand up and demand that our legislators take action against voter suppression.
Additional participants speaking and performing in support of voting rights and voter registration include:
Congresswoman Nikema Williams
Ben Jealous, Former NAACP President
Dr. Bernice King
Chris Rey, Phi Beta Sigma International President and CEO
Shirley Franklin, former Atlanta Mayor
Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley
Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia