Christopher Herring Speaks At 2011 Dr King March

This was San Antonio’s 24th MLK March and Commemorative Program, honoring the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of a Memphis, Tenn., hotel.

Unofficial crowd estimates indicate from 97,000 to just more than 100,000 people participated in this year’s march, despite chilly temperatures and a dense fog advisory Monday morning.

Organizers say San Antonio’s is the largest MLK march in the nation.

“We check with the other cities who have marches like this,” said Jackie Ray Robinson, chairman of the MLK Commemorative Program. Based on other cities’ participation numbers from the previous year, and their estimates for the upcoming year, San Antonio always comes out with the biggest numbers, he said.

For Christopher C. Herring, 41, he was requested to speak for a couple of minutes along side the city and state elected officials on behalf of all the military assigned to San Antonio, Texas. Herring stated “Dr. King’s stance and his sacrifice had to be blessed by God himself for the pain, suffering, and the fact he stared death in the face but kept on marching for righteousness.” Herring recapped, it was an honor to deliver a message to the 100,000 marchers and to serve a good mentor Mr. Nate Davis, the march organizer.

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