SAN ANTONIO – Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march through the city's East Side on Monday to honor the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The march is considered to be among the largest such event in the United States and draws an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people annually.
The 2.75-mile trek begins at 10 a.m. at MLK Academy in the 3500 block of MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park at 1101 Iowa, where a commemorative program will be held featuring nationally recognized journalist Roland Martin as the keynote speaker.
Elected officials are also expected to participate. There will also be food booths, music and activities for all to enjoy.
This year’s MLK March also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1st March for Justice organized by the late Rev. Dr. Raymond "R.A." Callies, Sr., a San Antonio teacher and pastor.
Rev. Callies began the March in 1968 to call attention to the need for basic infrastructure on the East Side.
The MLK Jr. Commission and City of San Antonio held the first official Martin Luther King, Jr. March on Jan. 19, 1987.
Other events honoring King include a youth summit, a wreath-laying ceremony, a citywide interfaith worship service, musical performances and art exhibit.