SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Martin Luther King III honored activists who were central to the voting rights movement, but said he can't call the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday a celebration.
Speaking at a breakfast Sunday in Selma, King said the U.S. Supreme Court has essentially made the Voting Rights Act useless by eliminating protections that blocked unauthorized changes to voting procedures.
Thousands are gathered this weekend near the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the day demonstrators were attacked by law officers during a march from Selma to Montgomery.
King said lawmakers should consider finding ways to allow for nationwide electronic voter registration and for expanding voting from one day to multiple days to give people more opportunities to vote.
King also criticized policies barring convicted felons from voting after they've served their time.