Locals recall Martin Luther King Jr.'s San Antonio visit

SAN ANTONIO – An estimated 200,000 people are expected to march the streets of the city's East Side on Monday to pay tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

One of the attendees met the doctor in the Alamo City when he was just a boy.

Antioch Baptist Church parishioners said in April 1968 the American dream was more like a nightmare -- a bad dream shared by all that impacted everyone.

"I was upset," church member Mary Emerson said. "I was angry. I was sick. I really didn't know what to do, because that was something I never wanted to happen."

Pastor Kenneth Kemp said after the influences of Jesus Christ and his parents, then came King.

"He was the epitome of a servant who essentially gave his life for the betterment of mankind," Kemp said.

Church Deacon Richard Jones said he met King in San Antonio when he was just a boy.

He said, 'Live a righteous life," Jones recalled.

As churches across San Antonio and the nation packed their pews on Sunday, some people like Mary Emerson said the words of King -- powerful then and now -- will forever capture the dream.

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