About the March
On January 19, 1987 the Commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official Martin Luther King, Jr. March. Each year, a variety of educational, inspirational and celebratory events honor one of the nation's most revered civil rights leaders. San Antonio hosts the largest march in the nation, with approximately 300,000 participants.
In 2021, the MLK Commission is prioritizing the health and safety of our community and visitors while continuing to honor and celebrate Dr. King. 2021 MLK commemorative events will be held on virtual platforms. Individuals and organizations that would like to be a part of the 2021 virtual celebration should submit a participation form. We encourage all to participate, including:
- Families and Individuals
- Corporate and Non-Profit Organizations
- Schools, Churches, and Civic Groups
- Colleges and Universities
- Community Members
For questions about the 2021 MLK celebrations, call 210.207.2123
Continuing King's legacy of Justice, Peace and Equality
The City of San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will continue its commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by virtually celebrating the 53rd 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. His efforts have resulted in what has become one of the largest commemorative marches for Dr. King in the United States and possibly the world. After the death of Dr. King, he worked tirelessly to have a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. erected in what is now MLK Plaza located at the heart of the eastside on New Braunfels Street. Since then, community members along with thousands of others who travel across the country to participate, have gathered each year in increasing numbers to reflect on their own Dream of Justice, Peace and Equality to all in America.
Improving the quality of life for all people was the dream of Dr. King and Rev. Callies. The MLK Commission seeks to continue their work and legacy by offering educational and empowering events throughout the month of January each year. If you would like to support the mission of the City of San Antonio, MLK Commission, please participate by attending the various events provided by the Commission. Your financial support is also needed to help in presenting Scholarships to deserving area students.