Local activists say they will continue to honor King through their own work
Ezequiel Allen, a Buffalo Soldier who participated in this year’s festivities, said the group is counting to honor the life and legacy of King. “I definitely think Dr. King believes in Black Lives Matter,” Reiffert said. “There’s a vaccine out for COVID, but there’s still nothing being done about racism,” Reiffert said. Local activist Kimiya Factory said she believes it is important for people to live King’s legacy through their own actions. It’s not good.”Related: San Antonio community leaders reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
San Antonio grassroots group expresses support for Black Lives Matter movement
The Autonomous Brown Berets de San Anto, a local grassroots movement, is focusing its efforts on the Black Lives Matter movement. The group has been one of many leading peaceful protests in San Antonio since the death of George Floyd. We asked every San Antonio City Council member why COVID-19 cases are spiking, what should be doneFloyd, a Black man, was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyds neck for nearly nine minutes after officer received reports of a counterfeit $20 bill being used at a nearby gas station. The organization, which has called for defunding of the police department, will be one of many voices at a town hall planned on Tuesday. The town hall is supposed to cover policing and the recent protests and it will be attended by San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
How past US presidents engaged with activists and mass protests
Past US presidents have had varying approaches to mass protests and activism. Here's a look back at how recent American presidents engaged with protest movements:Kennedy and Johnson during the Civil Rights MovementPresident John F. Kennedy delivered an Oval Office address on June 11, 1963, proposing anti-discrimination and anti-segregation legislation. The day of the march, Kennedy met with civil rights leaders in the Oval Office. President Lyndon B. Johnson made civil rights a main tenet of his Great Society agenda after Kennedy's death, which propelled the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through Congress. It sparked a new wave of anti-war protests, including when thousands of anti-war protesters clashed with police and the National Guard outside the Democratic convention in 1968.