San Antonio Marks MLK Day

It’s one of the largest MLK Marches in the country and it’s happening Monday in San Antonio.

“The march is really an observance of Doctor King’s legacy,” District 2 Councilman Alan Warrick said. “Showing how San Antonio is a leader throughout the country in inclusion and diversity.”

Warrick said this march is the largest in the country, “in a city that has only about 7% African Americans, which is an amazing feat.”

And San Antonio beats cities with much larger African American populations.

“Doctor King’s legacy transcends the color barriers or the racial barriers that we’ve had in the past.”

Meanwhile–more and more–America is hearing more and more about the success story that is San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor as the country marks another Martin Luther King Junior Day.

“My mom got on a bus three days after her high school graduation from a segregated high school in Wilmington, North Carolina–and, she went to New York City–where her first cousin had settled–and she assured her she could get a job better than being a maid” Taylor told an audience in Portland, Oregon late last week.

From there, She admitted her ambitions were humble.

“I actually only remember wanting as nice house–bigger than the one we had in Queens–and also wanting to be a mom” Taylor said.

While San Antonio is most definitely seen as a city on the rise–Taylor said the legacy of segregation can still be seen in Alamo City neighborhoods.

“That legacy of segregation and racism from the past is still evident by the many San Antonians who live in neighborhoods that are disconnected from opportunities that lead to prosperity” Taylor said, adding “My mission as Mayor is to find ways to connect those who’ve been left behind to the opportunities and prosperity in our City.”

Taylor also hinted that the challenge of boosting those who need it most today is different from the past.

“We must recognize that in America, they’re (those left behind) not all black like me” Taylor said.


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