Ashanti's Abuelito Marched with Martin Luther King Jr.

Ashanti is inspiring people to head to the polls and place their ballot on Tuesday through storytelling. The singer appeared on The Real on Monday and revealed that her abuelito marched with Martin Luther King Jr. for a very important reason.

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“He marched down Selma for us to have that opportunity to vote, so that has always been instilled in my entire family,” the star said. “As soon as someone turned 18, that's grandpa, go out there and do what you need to do.”

Watch a clip of the “Rock With You” singer talking about her grandpa above and make sure to hit the polls today.

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Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.


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