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Martin Luther King Jr. March & Rally San Antonio 20th January 2020
The signature event, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March, is scheduled for Monday, January 20, 2020. The march will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the MLK Academy located at 3501 MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa (march route and info).
For those of you in groups you will need to fill in the form that can be found here at the Martin Luther King Jr. March & Rally San Antonio official site.
On January 19, 1987 the Commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official Martin Luther King, Jr. March. Each year, a variety of educational, inspirational and celebratory events honour one of the nation’s most revered civil rights leaders.
San Antonio hosts the largest march in the nation, with approximately 300,000 participants. Large groups who will march together should submit a participation form. We encourage all to participate.
The “Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial City-County Commission,” now referred to as the “San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission” or “MLK, Jr. Commission,” was established on April 3, 1986, by official act of the San Antonio City Council through City Resolution No. 86-15-19 under the leadership of then-Mayor Henry Cisneros. The MLK, Jr. Commission is a volunteer organisation. On January 19, 1987, chaired by Aaronetta Pierce, the Commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official Martin Luther King, Jr. March.
Although in 2016 the City of San Antonio celebrates the 29th anniversary of this City-sponsored event, the history of the local MLK, Jr. March goes back even further. The late Rev. Dr. Raymond “R.A.” Callies, Sr., a San Antonio teacher, pastor and one of the founders of the San Antonio MLK, Jr. March began leading processions in San Antonio honouring Dr. King’s legacy soon after Dr. King’s death on April 4, 1968 and worked tirelessly to have a statue of Dr. King erected. Since then, community members, each year increasing in number, have gathered to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year’s theme is “Uniting Communities to Advance Humanity.”
Improving the quality of our youth’s education is very important to the MLK, Jr. Commission. If you would like to support the MLK, Jr. March, annual MLK, Jr. scholarships, or any of events that will take place, the MLK, Jr. Commission welcomes the partnership of local and national businesses. Please contact the City of San Antonio MLK, Jr. Commission staff by email.