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Leon County leaders celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., voting rights

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 18:09:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Celebrating voting rights and Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, a crowd gathered in the Leon County Courthouse at noon Wednesday.

This year marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment, which gives women the right to vote. And it's been 150 years since the 15th Amendment, which gave African American men the right to vote.

Stephen Beasley is president of the MLK foundation of Florida, which put on Wednesday's event.

Monday is Dr. King's birthday.

"Really, the fight is not over," said Stephen Beasley, the president of the MLK Foundation of Florida. "We've got to keep his name out there. We've got to keep young people knowledgeable of what was done."

State Attorney Aramis Ayala was scheduled to speak at the event, but her plane was unable to land in Tallahassee because of the foggy weather.

The MLK Foundation will also hold a gospel celebration at the family worship and praise center, this Sunday at 4 in the afternoon.