Sunday, January 24, 2010

23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. March

Kamilah Souvenire, 13, plays with her Nintendo DS during the opening ceremony before the Martin Luther King Jr. march. The theme for the march was education. Her aunt told her to have a better attitude.

Jessica Howard, vice president of academic affairs, covers a blanket over her daughter Claire Parkin, 5, while football players of the University of Incarnet Word stand by before the march on Martin Luther King Street Monday. Howard said it was her first time attending the march.

Mayor Julian Castro (center, left) and his twin brother Joaquin Castro led the march.

Marchers sing We Shall Overcome as they begin the three-mile trek up Martin Luther King Drive.

San Antonio has boasted one of the largest, if not the largest march, in the nation. This photo was used as the front-to-back cover for the Ranger.

President Dr. Robert Zeigler, Jessica Howard and her friend Yolanda Jimenez carry a banner reflecting the theme of the march.

Tyler Ingraham, political science junior at St. Mary's University, who is running for District 1 Chair of the Alamo Board of Trustees, holds a sign against single accreditation of the five colleges - which would cause St. Philip's College to lose over $7 million in grants as a historically black college.

Amelia Beake and Althea Barbara talk about the second coming of Jesus outside their residence at 2034 MLK drive. "We're gonna see alot of changes happen these next ten years," Barbara said.

Robert Ellison, who has attended the march for over ten years, holds a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. giving his "I have a dream" speech August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Ellison said the march was a dream come true.

Marchers Jesus Figueroa (from left), Laura Hernandez, Paloma Safuentes, Genevive Rodriguez and Marisa Gonzalez drum while chanting "What do we want? Justice!"

Participants gather at Pittman-Sullivan park.

Ida Walker prays during the celebrations following the march at Pittmann-Sullivan park. After having back surgery three months ago, Walker didn't think she would be able to do it. "God helped me," she said.

“Take a look down at the sea of humanity, and see the dream Dr. Martin Luther King was working for,” Mayor Castro said.

Osualdo Delgado shoulders a manikin depicting "how we should carry eachother regardless of color, as brothers," he said. Delgado made the manikin out of saran wrap and clear tape until 2 a.m. (six hours) the night before.