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UTSA walks San Antonio’s 33rd annual MLK March

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On Monday, January 20, UTSA students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families represented the university as a unified community in San Antonio’s 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March. The march, which honors the memory and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is one of the largest in the nation, drawing approximately 300,000 participants each year, including academic, religious, civic, economic based, and social organizations throughout the state of Texas. The 2.75-mile route began at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, traveled up MLK Drive, and ended at Pittman-Sullivan Park. Karla Broadus, senior lecturer and project coordinator of the African American Studies Program, chaired the UTSA MLK, Jr. March planning committee, which included faculty and staff from various departments across the university. Broadus said that, as a minority serving academic institution, UTSA represents all aspects of those who march. “Marching as a UTSA family for equal rights and justice was a demonstration of how UTSA supports civil rights,” she said. Describing a benefit of attending the march, Broadus said, “UTSA students gain a further understanding about history by participating in a march like those they read about in text, watched in movies, or heard their elders speak about.” In addition, “The social camaraderie students experienced while walking with the leaders of the university with the opportunity to see the UTSA President, Dr. Eighmy as a human being, just like they are, is priceless.” 

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