SAN ANTONIO — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. annual march in San Antonio kicked off at 10 am on Monday, January 21, 2019, from the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy on the city’s east side. It is estimated that approximately 300,000 marchers gathered to celebrate the legacy left behind by the great Dr. King Jr. making San Antonio’s MLK Day march the largest in the country.
Amongst the masses were many of Our Lady of the Lake University students and faculty alongside the Sisters of Divine Providence with signs showing peace and quotes from the late Dr. King. Senior Victoria Espinosa said, “I think it is important to remember him because he fought so hard for us not to be divided and for unity.”
Led by senior Sarah Resendez, the student director of programming and freshman Jasmin Huerta, student director of projects; the two made it simple and organized for all OLLU students and faculty to participate in the event. Resendez said it is important for OLLU to participate in the event because it is good to walk among other people and for a purpose, but also to share the experiences with other students of the university. Senior Kayla Rodulfo came out to the march Monday, “To see the significant impact Dr. King had on the country even now over 50 years later, so I felt it was really important to see that lasting impact and for me to experience that.” Rodulfo said.
The annual MLK march is a march of remembrance and to continue passing down the history of Dr. King Jr. generation after generation, celebrating all he did for civil rights and what his legacy continues to do for the country’s civil rights movement. Director of the Center for Women in Church and Society Jackie Walter said, “It is so important to continue the dream he had for our country, but we still have many issues that still need to be addressed. Change has happened but inequality, racism, and women’s rights; we still have a ways to go, so we honor him today to keep the dream alive.”
The march continues to give those a voice against social oppression and injustices in a peaceful way, the Dr. King Jr. way. Sister Joyce M. Jilek of the Sisters of Divine Providence feels it is important to celebrate Dr. King Jr. in order “To show our unity against injustice and the fact that people are the same no matter what the color of their skin is.”
The 2.7-mile march ended at Pittman-Sullivan park where there was an array of vendors, public health services, and a stage filled with musical guests and speakers; giving the crowd an opportunity to mingle among each other; the way Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had envisioned.