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 18, 2016. 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 200,000 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.
Uniting Communities to advance humanity
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 2016 the City of San Antonio celebrates the 29th 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 "Uniting Communities to Advance Humanity."
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.
The mission of the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is to promote human equality, the principles of nonviolence, and the understanding and acceptance of racial harmony, understanding, respect, and goodwill among citizens, all as a way of building community among all citizens of San Antonio and across the United States.
The Commission advances its mission through a variety of events and programs by encouraging awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of the teachings and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.