SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) –  Tens of thousands of people of all ages from all walks of life are gathering at various points in San Antonio’s east side for one of the largest marches in the country honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Participants include Freedom Riders, activists in the civil rights movement in the 1960s who rode buses into southern states to protest segregation and discrimination.

The nearly 3-mile March begins at 10 a.m. at MLK Academy on MLK Drive and will head east to Pittman-Sullivan Park on Iowa Street. There will be food booths, speeches and entertainment at the park.

VIA is providing free rides to and from the MLK March. Free shuttle service is available from Freeman Coliseum on East Houston Street and St. Philip’s College.

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