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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — On this Martin Luther King Day, the spotlight is on the fight for suffrage legislation. As the Senate prepares to begin debate on two ballot bills on Tuesday, the King family has a message for lawmakers.

Hundreds of people came to Washington DC on Monday to cross the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge for the annual Martin Luther King Day peace march.

Reverend Wendy Hamilton was one of the leaders of the crowd alongside the King family.

“They can’t ignore us when they see us showing in numbers. So today I got up out of bed like, ‘Where do we have to go? What do we have to do ?’ Because I want to embody the spirit of Martin Luther King,” Hamilton said.

This year, Martin Luther King III, the son of Martin Luther King Jr., used the event to call on lawmakers to pass suffrage legislation.

“We find ourselves trying once again to restore the right to vote permanently,” King said.

Marchers across the country chanted in support of this message. Laurie Woodward Garcia came from Florida for the march and to fight for the suffrage bills.

“Our democracy is under threat. Voter suppression in my state is real,” Woodward Garcia said.

Jeffrey Lott lives in Texas and also came to DC to be part of the march.

“Equality comes from people being active and getting out and walking,” Lott said.

Congress is considering legislation that advocates say will expand and protect access to voting. However, the lack of Republican support at the moment and Senate filibuster mean that is unlikely to pass.

“To ensure that all Americans have the right to vote without hindrance,” King said.

The King family say they are no strangers to a fight and the promise won’t give up.

“Until all is well is not the end,” said Arndrea Waters King, wife of Martin Luther King III.

King Family Highlights Fight for Voting Rights at MLK March in DC | KTA

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