On Tuesday, the City of San Antonio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission announced American journalist Roland Martin as the keynote speaker of the 50th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March.

“We are excited to have such a dynamic, nationally recognized journalist to join us for the 50th anniversary of our historic march,” District 2 Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw said. “Mr. Martin has worked as host and managing editor of TV One's News One Now, the first daily morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports and culture from an explicitly African American perspective, so we look forward to hearing from him during our commemorative program.”

According to his biography, Martin was named the National Association of Black Journalists' “Journalist of the year” in 2013 and earned his third NAACP Image Award in February 2017 when he was named “Best Host” in the first year the category was created, defeating the likes of Steve Harvey, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Joy Ann Reid and W. Kamau Bell.

The 50th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. March will take place on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Martin will speak during the noon commemorative program following the march at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa Street.

Since 1987, the City of San Antonio has celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with an annual series of events leading up to one of the largest marches in the country honoring the legacy of Dr. King. In 2018, the march will celebrate its 31st year as an official City of San Antonio event. The 2018 March and Commemorative Program will take place on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, which is also Dr. King's birth date.

For more information on the City of San Antonio's Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, visit their website.