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Volunteers register West Virginia voters on MLK day


Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — The importance of voting was something that Martin Luther King Jr. recognized as a vital part of moving society forward.

“So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote, I do not possess myself,” King said in a 1957 speech titled “Give Us The Ballot.”

“I cannot make up my mind — it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact — I can only submit to the edict of others.”

In true keeping with King’s beliefs, Fairmont residents used his holiday to help register fellow citizens to vote.

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