The Martin Luther King Jr. march in San Antonio is one of the largest in the country and on Monday about 300,000 people are expected to march.
The roots of the march go back to 1968 when reverend Rev. Dr. Raymond Callies “R.A.” took to the streets with friends and family to honor Martin Luther King Jr. This year marks the 50th anniversary since Callies began to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
It wasn’t until 1987 when San Antonio held its first official MLK and it's grown ever since.
"We must never forget of the struggles from the people from the Martin Luther King era,” Harold Moore said. “The ultimate sacrifices that the men and women of that era have presented to us."
Moore says despite progression similar issues continue to be relevant.
“Particularly today, with the current climate that is in Washington we cannot go back, we will not go back," Moore said.
Moore points to unity and support.
"We are praying that people realize look I'm your brother, you’re my sister regardless what color we are and in the famous words of Rodney King, ‘We can all get along,’" Moore said.
The march starts at 10 a.m. Monday, and will begin at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy and end at Pittman Sullivan Park, a 2.75-mile march.
March participants can catch a free bus to the march from 8 to 10 a.m., Monday, at two locations:
- Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St. (Lot 1)
- St. Philip’s College, 1801 Martin Luther King Dr. (Lot 22). Lot 22 is at Montana and Mittman streets.
- VIA: The drop-off point for service to the march will be on MLK Drive, west of Upland Drive. Buses will return passengers to the original pick-up locations from 12 to 3 p.m. Participants may access return service at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa St.