The 37th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Celebration will draw hundreds of thousands to San Antonio. Learn how you can participate in one of the largest marches in the nation, celebrating the legacy left by civil rights leaders and activists.
Once a year, both local San Antonians and tourists alike gather to honor and celebrate the legacy left by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact as a civil rights leader by hosting one of the largest marches in the nation. The celebration stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Dr. King's dream for community and activism. Here’s everything you need to know for the 37th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Celebration.
More Than a March
The 2024 celebration will begin with the March kickoff at 10 a.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, followed by the park celebration at Pittman-Sullivan Park. The event is not just a gathering but a place where people from all walks of life come together to celebrate equality and honor the principles Dr. King fought for. It serves as a poignant reminder that the dream of a harmonious and inclusive society is not bound by race, ethnicity, or background.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the MLK March. As one of the most diverse major cities in the nation, San Antonio's rich cultural communities will converge in the city’s Eastside for a nearly 3-mile stretch. While you can expect local organizations to be leading the way, everyone is encouraged to walk alongside the community. Check out the march route and parking directions ahead of time, including free VIA bus services to and from the event.
Turning Yesterday’s Dream into Tomorrow’s Reality
Participating in the MLK March is a moving experience that goes beyond the mere act of walking through the city streets. It is a symbolic journey, a collective stride towards the realization of Dr. King's dream. As participants march side by side, the spirit of equality permeates the atmosphere and becomes palpable.
The selected theme for this year’s march is “Yesterday’s Dream, Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality!” and will culminate at its park celebration, which will include a main stage for multicultural performances, a health and wellness area, a youth area, food vendors and information booths. Through these efforts, the MLK March is also a powerful display of peaceful assembly and activism spearheaded by community leaders.
Beyond the March in the Alamo City
As San Antonio's MLK March continues to draw hundreds of thousands of participants each year, it stands as a beacon of hope and call to action to reflect on the progress made and the work that still lies ahead. It serves as a reminder that the dream of equality is a shared dream, one that unites us all. For this reason, DreamWeek, the annual citywide summit filled with over 200 events, was founded to engage the community by encouraging the exchanging of ideas, inspiring discussion and igniting change.
The legacy of Dr. King lives on not only through the footsteps of those who march, but also through those creating civil and civic engagement environments locally. DreamWeek will be held from January 12 - January 28, but there will be hundreds of ways you can honor the legacy of Dr. King. See how you can celebrate San Antonio’s rich Black heritage this month and beyond.