San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. March: largest in the nation

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Santiago Reyes

SAN ANTONIO–San Antonio hosted the nation’s largest Martin Luther King Jr. march on January 21st with approximately 300,000 people in attendance. According to the City of San Antonio, the first march in the Alamo City began in 1987. The 2019 march was the city’s 50th anniversary.

Martin Luther King Jr. was the predominant leader of the civil rights movement. His efforts promoted a peaceful form of protest in attempt to achieve social change while opposing segregation and racial discrimination in the 1950s.

This year’s annual March was located on the East side of San Antonio along Martin Luther King Drive. The March was 2.7 miles long and started at the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy and ended at Pittman Sullivan park.

Screen Shot 2019-01-22 at 7.01.19 PM.pngThe March was aimed to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and his efforts to ensure civil rights equality. Locals held signs that voiced their opinions on political views, social equality and racial discrimination. “It shows unity,” Nichelle Hosley said. “Not everyone’s intentions are great, but as we come together as a nation it shows unity.”

For more information on the march, please visit the City of San Antonio website.

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