250,000 join 2017 MLK march

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Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff (second from left), Mayor Ivy Taylor (fourth from left) and District 2 Councilman Alan E. Warrick II (fifth from left) led the thirtieth anniversary Martin Luther King, Jr. March. (Photo/ Courtesy) 

The City of San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission held its Thirtieth Annual March and Commemorative Program recently.

It welcomed an approximate 250,000 marchers to San Antonio’s historic East Side. The event capped off a week-long commemoration of Dr. King with a variety of events organized and hosted by the MLK, Jr. Commission.

The events included guest lectures by nationally renowned speakers, arts events, a national symposium, and youth activities to name just a few – all centered around this year’s theme of “King’s legacy for peace is justice for all. Remember! Celebrate! Act!”

“Each year, hundreds of thousands of people join the City of San Antonio in its commemoration of Dr. King’s life and legacy,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “I am proud that our City continues to host one of the largest marches in the country honoring Dr. King and I urge all residents to continue working toward One San Antonio.”

The Commission also announced that this year, more than $80,000 in scholarships would be awarded to local Bexar County students. St. Mary’s University has committed one full scholarship to a student.

“Education was very important to Dr. King,” said District 2 Councilman Alan E. Warrick, II. “The Commission’s scholarship fund plays an integral role in supporting, developing and inspiring our next generation of leaders. I am very proud of the San Antonio MLK, Jr. Commission for making scholarship opportunities available to students.”

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District 2 Councilman Alan Warrick II addressed the crowd during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March. (Photo/ Courtesy)

In addition to raising scholarship funds, this year the MLK, Jr. Commission also celebrated programming with a key focus on diversity, inclusion and education that included an impressive list of locally and nationally-renowned guest speakers who took part in various events. This year’s commemoration included participation by David Banner, Dr. John Carlos, Dr. Lamont Hill, Jidenna and others who all spoke on topics related to unity, diversity, and education.

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 Dr. King. In 2018, the historic march will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in the United States in conjunction with the City’s Tricentennial celebration.

Scholarship applications are currently available online at the Commission’s website, www.sanantonio.gov/mlk, and the deadline to apply is February 24.

For more information on the City of San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, visit www.sanantonio.gov/mlk.

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