100,000 attend the Martin Luther King Day march held ever year here in San Antonio. Mayor Julian Castro says it is because our significant Hispanic population identifies with the civil rights struggle that King epitomizes. We were fortunate here not to have the clashes and strikes in the 60’s and 70′ seen elsewhere during the civil rights movement. In fact, San Antonio city leaders saw the approaching tide early. They voluntarily dropped the many vestiges of segregation in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our city does suppprt ML King Day across the board. Many large businesses here allow their employees time off to attend the march and some even organize busses to transport employees tohe march. While far from perfect, we certainly do better than many communities across the country.
Without Martin Luther King and Lyndon B Johnson, there would never have been a Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 lead to all the other employment statutes that followed. We should all be grateful.