200,000 expected at San Antonio's 2012 Martin Luther King March

The NOWCastSA team collected photos and stories from participants in San Antonio's Martin Luther King March today. We will be posting a story and slideshows shortly

On Monday, Jan. 16, a diverse group of more than 200,000 people are expected to gather to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The march is said to be one of the largest marches in the country and the city will welcome Dr. Martin Luther King's eldest son Martin Luther King, III and Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, as part of the celebration.

The Martin Luther King March is deep-rooted in San Antonio's tradition. Since 1987, the City of San Antonio’s volunteer MLK Commission has celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. King with an annual march and other events. This year for the 25th anniversary, San Antonio will honor his legacy through the theme: "Journey Beyond the March...Live Beyond the Dream..."

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"The 25th anniversary of the City of San Antonio's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration is a major milestone for our community and a testament to San Antonio's rich cultural and historical legacy,” San Antonio Mayor Juli├ín Castro said in a statement. “To have Martin Luther King, III and Ilyasah Shabazz celebrate this momentous anniversary by attending our city's celebration speaks to how important this commemoration of Dr. King's influence is - not just locally, but to the entire country.”

The 2.75-mile march will being at 10 a.m. on San Antonio’s East side at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy at 3500 MLK Drive and travel up Martin Luther King Drive, ending at Pittman-Sullivan Park at 1101 Iowa. See a map. 

While this year marks the 25th anniversary of the city's official MLK march, the tradition began sooner with the efforts of the late Rev. Dr. Raymond "R.A." Callies, Sr., a San Antonio teacher, pastor and founder of the San Antonio MLK, Jr. March. Callies began leading marches in San Antonio soon after Dr. King's death on April 4, 1968.

See NOWCastSA's coverage including mobile videos of last year's event.

A commemorative program will follow and non-profit organization booths will sell food and refreshments. According to a city news release:

  • Martin Luther King, III - the eldest son of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King - will deliver a keynote address at the commemorative program that follows the historic march.
  • Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of human rights activist Malik Al-Shabazz (known as Malcolm X) and Betty Shabazz, will speak at Trinity University's MLK, Jr. Commemorative Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the University's Laurie Auditorium.