Central Floridians to honor contributions of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. — People across the country will honor the contributions of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

It is a day when many people go out for a day of service in their community.


King’s family is asking for this year’s vacation to be a little different.

They ask people to honor King’s legacy, not just through the usual commemorations and acts of community service, as we expect to see at Aspire Health. Campus beautification includes painting the building and improving the yard and flowers.

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The family wants something bigger: pass federal legislation to protect the freedom to vote that King fought so hard for.

The bill would expand voter registration, designate Election Day as a federal holiday, establish protections against gerrymandering and restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated Americans.

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Democrats don’t have enough support for the legislation, including the Free Voting Act.

The King family staged a protest Sunday in Arizona. Closer to home, there was an MLK Day celebration over the weekend in Eatonville.

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