Participants in the MLK Jr. Parade

Photo: Kevin Stillman

Fifty years after the world lost Martin Luther King Jr., San Antonio hosts ones of the largest marches in the nation to honor the man and his nonviolent approach in the civil rights movement. The City of San Antonio’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission continues its commemoration of King’s legacy by celebrating the 51st anniversary of the first March for Justice organized by the late Rev. Dr. Raymond “R.A.” Callies Sr., a San Antonio teacher and pastor. On Jan. 21, participants march 2.75 miles on MLK Drive towards Pittman-Sullivan Park, and with approximately 300,000 participants, the walk is so large that people at the front of the march often reach the park before those toward the back of the crowd have even started.

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