Thousands take part in MLK March in San Antonio

President Obama also on marchers' minds at MLK March

Author: Katrina Webber, Reporter, kwebber@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:29:01 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 21 2013 12:37:55 PM CST
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SAN ANTONIO -

San Antonio's annual salute to civil rights pioneer, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., drew tens of thousands of people to the streets Monday morning.

The annual event, which was expected to include about 100,000 people, is billed as the largest march in the nation.

This year, it held extra significance for some participants because it occurred on the same day as President Barack Obama's inauguration.

"With President Obama and then with Martin Luther King, it was right on ," said Terri Todd, who traveled all the way from Dallas to take part in the 26th annual event.

Others, like a troop of Boy Scouts who led off the march, were from the East side neighborhood and didn't have far to travel far.

Kealin Phillips and his fellow scouts were looking forward to making their own history by marching for the second year in a row.

"I like coming out here, seeing everybody, friends, cousins, family members," Phillips said. "Bringing everybody back together, Black and White."

While most made the 2.75 mile trek down Martin Luther King Drive on foot, others pedaled on bicycles, leaned on walkers or rode on horseback.

Once they reached the finish line at Pittman Sullivan Park, marchers were treated to music, speakers and entertainment.

This year, there also were jumbo screen TVs set up at the park to allow marchers to watch the presidential inauguration.

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