The annual Martin Luther King Day march was held on Monday January 18th. Marchers started at 3500 MLK Drive and marched the nearly 3 miles to Pittman-Sullivan Park at 1101 Iowa Street on the east side of San Antonio (see slideshow below).
The march provided people an opportunity to remember the work of Martin Luther King Jr. in the fight for civil rights.
San Antonio organizations rallied their workforce to march in remembrance of the man who had also marched for workers’ rights.
The procession was led by the City of San Antonio Solid Waste Management Department and followed by a fire truck and cop cars. On the passenger seat of the fire truck sat a young boy waving an American flag.
Mayor Julian Castro walked arm in arm with other marchers at the front of the procession.
Church congregations, colleges and fraternities and sororities, corporations, activist groups, and even McGruff the Crime Dog all banded together beneath an overcast sky.
Some people held signs with words saying “I Have a Dream Too,” “ We Are One,” “Unconditional Love and Justice,” “Honor This Day,” and “We Believe.”
Photo by Nicole Moore
Soprano saxophonist Michael O’Dowd brought together a few percussionists and played as they made their way to the corner of MLK and S. New Braunfels.
At one point, a group walked by with banners listing important dates and events of the Civil Rights Movement: Montgomery Bus Boycott, Hate Crimes.
Educational company Pearson walked with signs that read “Pearson Believes in the Dream.”
A man passed out cards with the letters “HU” and the instructions to hum “HU” everyday for a period of meditative and reflective time.
One man carried a portable radio and mic and sang “The King of Glory Shall Come In” as he marched.
Certain people took the opportunity to tout personal and political beliefs.
One man marched with a sign that read “Dr. King Stood for Peace. Obama Pushes War.”
Another man held a sign that said “SAISD Jim Crow Education. Racist Education System.”
And another had a sign that said “No More Texas Walls.”
There were Democratic supporters and the Buffalo Soldiers. And at one point a procession of some 30 horses clopped by with Triple O Trail Riders steering the way, as a hay wagon followed with Cajun music playing from a radio.
Certain activist groups promoted particular agendas. Energia marched with a sign that read “Say No to Nuclear.”
Photo by Nicole Moore
USAA and HEB seemed to have the largest groups at the march.
Girl Scouts walked by singing about equality. And the Sam Houston marching band performed Michael Jackson’s “Can’t Stop ‘Til I Get Enough.”
Beat 98.5 followed the procession with a troupe of motorcades and hip-hop music.
Some of the other organizations that attended the march included The P.E.A.C.E Initiative, Trinity University, San Anto Cultural Arts, Valero, Woodridge Elementary, San Antonio Black Police Officers Coalition, Northwest Vista College, OLLU, the Martinez Street Women’s Center, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, The Circle School, Central Catholic, University of the Incarnate Word, St. Philips Episcopal Church, the Renaissance Guild, and the San Antonio Gender Association.
People handed out banners to advertise the famous east side restaurant Mama Lee’s Soul Food.
As marchers entered the park next to the YWCA building, they listened to the Martin Luther King speeches being broadcast. Children played on a red, white, and blue jungle gym, and members of the San Antonio Zulu Association sat listening and watching on the porch of a house across from the park.