San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
MLK, JR. COMMISSION

Contact

By Mail

City of San Antonio MLK Commission
Attn: Gloria Villela-Reyes
Neighborhood & Housing Services Department
1400 S. Flores
San Antonio, Texas 78204

By Phone

210.207.2123

Staff

  • erik  WALSH
    Executive Commission Liaison
  • Gloria Villela-ReyesGloria Villela-Reyes
    Commission Liaison
    210.207.6502
  • yolanda odenYolanda Oden
    Council District 2 Liaison
    210.207.2123

Thank you for your interest in submitting a Community Interest form and photos of past MLK Marches. We are no longer accepting community interest forms/ photos.


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Participate in the 2021 MLK, Jr. virtual March &  celebration!

Due to COVID 19 concerns, the 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March will be celebrated virtually. Any activity in Pittman Sullivan Park or ML King Park must be in accordance with City of San Antonio’s Permission for outdoor gatherings. Walking the traditional parade route is not permitted; however, individuals can use the sidewalk as a passage way for normal foot traffic. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us to keep our community SAFE.

Although we won't be able to march in person, we want the message and power of this important march to continue online by sharing personal MLK March moments from the past.

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. 

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Due to COVID 19 concerns, The City of San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission continued its commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a virtual Celebration and March. Directed by filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith.more

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2021 MLK Artwork Contest
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MLK Scholarship Information
Each year the MLK, Jr. Commission administers a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program. more

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