About 100,000 people were expected at the 27th annual MLK March on Monday in San Antonio. The event honors the winner of the1964 Nobel Peace Prize, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose fight for racial equality continues even today.

The march began at 10 a.m. Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy and followed a 2.75-mile route to Pittman Sullivan Park. The march is led by a garbage truck representing the last march King led on behalf of striking sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968.

The march started in 1978 with 50 people and now attracts more than 100,000 people. The program became a city-sponsored event in 1986 under Henry Cisneros.

San Antonio’s march began years before Texas officially recognized the King holiday in the early 90s. Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks was the first guest in 1987 and Monday’s guest was Dr. Jamal Bryant.

This is the generation that did not march with Martin Luther King never heard him speak but only know him through pictures that this is really the passing of the baton of a generation that has to deal with civil rights 2.0, that all of our ancestors and fore-parents did their part but now it’s time for us to step up to the plate,” Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant said.

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