The San Antonio MLK Jr. Day march will be on the Monday, January 19, 2009 holiday (no school, offices closed) . Above is a creative display engineered by Ankita Rakhe, Assistant Director of Inter-Cultural and Diversity issues, in Campus & Community Involvement. Strategically placed in the Coates University Center lobby, the upper display shows footsteps that say "Big change starts with small steps." To take a virtual tour of the full display, see the slide show at right (click on it to enlarge). It includes information about why people march, what issues are addressed by people marching, and the government's position on marching.
I have some of my own reasons students should march. Having participated in the march for several years I am always amazed at the spirit of solidarity, the diversity of the marchers, the enthusiasm in the neighborhoods, and the sense of hope. This is a great chance for students to see the east side of town and break the bubble. People along the route are always appreciative of the Trinity turn-out. Our contingent is very visible as Trinity marchers receive t-shirts when boarding buses that morning.
I recently stumbled upon an old picture of my (then little) son holding a sign which read "No War in Iraq" at the march. This year's march may be more upbeat as it is the day before the inauguration. The city-wide MLK Jr. Day lecture, hosted annually at Trinity University, is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21.
Trinity is proud of the excellent work that Ankita, her colleagues, and students have done to make this year's march even more meaningful and filled with learning opportunities.