A 13-year-old Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of MLK, is a seasoned speaker and activist.
Yolanda undoubtedly resembles her grandfather, the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., when she appeared on the stage in 2018 March in Washington D.C. for our lives student-led demonstration about gun control.
Yolanda, on MLK day, speaks about the importance of voting rights and why younger generations should be involved with the fight. She is the granddaughter of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King,
Yolanda said, “My family and I have been working on getting two major bills passed that can make it easier for people to vote because one of the fundamental rights is the right to vote. Everybody needs to have access to voting.”
During the speech in Georgia on Tuesday, President Joe Biden addressed the urgency to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Each bill seeks to improve accessibility and equality in the voting process.
The supporters for these two bills maintain that they will allow more people of color to participate in elections. At the same time, they are implementing regulations to prevent challenges on election day, such as waiting several hours in line to vote.
Even though Yolanda is still under the voting age, she has always felt obliged to help others.
Yolanda said, “Throughout my life, my parents have told me that ‘your family has done some phenomenal work.’ And ‘you are the granddaughter of really phenomenal people who changed this country and the world. I didn’t understand the significance of it until I got older.”
She said, “MLD Day is not a day off, but instead, it should be treated as a day on. It is a day of service.”
Yolanda will be speaking at the Washington National Cathedral on January 18. She suggests using the power of their voice and influence to move the needle of progress in their way for those who are not yet old enough to vote.
She said, “You have to go out and support those movements. Although you may not be old enough to vote, you are the future. You and your decisions determine the future of the world.”