January 16, 2012
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“Give Us the Ballot!”

On May 17, 1957, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech before thousands of people in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was protesting the fact that lawmakers and officials in southern states were making it almost impossible for African Americans to sign up to vote. In the speech, King asked President Dwight Eisenhower and members of Congress to pass civil rights laws to enable all adults to vote.

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