San Antonio MLK March seeks themes for in-person return – mySA

The largest MLK March in the U.S. is in-person after two years.

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The Martin Luther King March will be in-person in 2023 and the commission is looking for a theme for the big return after two years.

The Martin Luther King March will be in-person in 2023 and the commission is looking for a theme for the big return after two years.

John Davenport, STAFF / San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio’s Martin Luther King March will be in-person in 2023 two years after the march was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the MLK March Commission Chairman Dwayne Robinson wants the community to submit a theme for the march as it marks its big return to Martin Luther King drive to honor the life and work of the Black civil rights leader. 

The online portal is open for people to submit suggestions for next year’s theme that will be used for the design of the poster, T-shirts, website, and all branding used to promote the largest MLK march in the U.S. All themes proposals must be submitted by noon on September 30 and the commission will select the theme on October 10 at 6 p.m. at the Claude Black Center. The poster contest will begin in mid-November.

Robinson anticipates MLK March will go big for the return to in-person, which he says is supported by Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez’s push to triple San Antonio’s funding to $300,000 in next year’s budget. Robinson says he expects well over 200,000 people to show up to the march next year. 

“We’re just beyond appreciative of the councilman and the mayor and the entire city council for seeing the need to support us by increasing the funding,” Robinson said. 

He added that the volunteers are what help ensure the MLK March is safe and successful. Volunteers will be able to sign up to volunteer as we move closer to the unspecified date in January 2023. San Antonio residents will also be able to sign up as a vendor and sponsor the march on the event’s website, which Robinson says pays for the scholarships it hands out. 

Robsinon says the committee handed out over $100,000 in scholarships last year despite the event being virtual. 

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