Each year, a variety of educational, inspirational and celebratory events honor one of the nation's most revered civil rights leaders. The signature event, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March, is scheduled for Monday, January 19, 2015. The march will begin at 10 a.m. at the MLK Academy located in the 3500 block of MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa (march route and info). Once again, it is expected to draw more than 100,000 adults and children. San Antonio hosts one of the largest marches in the United States.
The MLK, Jr. Commission organizes the march and leads the community effort of various events paying tribute to Dr. King. The wide variety of educational, inspirational and celebratory events, take place at locations across the city.
Marching together from past to present for our future
The "Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial City-County Commission," now referred to as the "San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission" or "MLK, Jr. Commission," was established on April 3, 1986, by official act of the San Antonio City Council through City Resolution No. 86-15-19 under the leadership of then-Mayor Henry Cisneros. The MLK, Jr. Commission is a volunteer organization. On January 19, 1987, chaired by Aaronetta Pierce, the Commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official Martin Luther King, Jr. March.
Although in 2015 the City of San Antonio celebrates the 28th anniversary of this City-sponsored event, the history of the local MLK, Jr. March goes back even further. The late Rev. Dr. Raymond "R.A." Callies, Sr., a San Antonio teacher, pastor and one of the founders of the San Antonio MLK, Jr. March began leading processions in San Antonio honoring Dr. King's legacy soon after Dr. King's death on April 4, 1968 and worked tirelessly to have a statue of Dr. King erected. Since then, community members, each year increasing in number, have gathered to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year's theme is "Marching Together from Past to Present for Our Future."
Improving the quality of our youth's education is very important to the MLK, Jr. Commission. If you would like to support the MLK, Jr. March, annual MLK, Jr. scholarships, or any of events that will take place, the MLK, Jr. Commission welcomes the partnership of local and national businesses. Please contact the City of San Antonio MLK, Jr. Commission staff by email.
MLK, Jr. Commission Vision Statement
We, the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. March Commission, exist to promote the vision and purpose of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Beloved Community."
We encourage the City of San Antonio, in partnership with corporate and individual sponsors, to assist in creating platforms for the entire community to constantly improve human relationships so that people will come together as equals, and not judge one another by race, ethnicity, gender, creed or economic status.
We believe in being pro-active through deep collaboration and cross-pollination of groups, which will allow us to encourage human harmony and a better community.
Along with our annual March and Scholarship Programs, we will create educational venues, programs and forums that will encourage healthy discussions, positive interactions and character development.
- Bishop David M. Copeland, San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Chair