Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
by Rose Rodriguez, Collections Assistant
San Antonians and citizens nationwide will march in the streets today to honor and give tribute to the memory of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. San Antonio will host one of the largest marches in the country with over 100,000 people expected to attend this year’s event. The effort to make a holiday in commemoration of Dr. King’s memory was championed by a number of individuals at the national, state, and local level. In Texas and San Antonio, Mario Marcel Salas was part of the movement to establish Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a Texas state holiday in 1991 and participated in numerous events commemorating Dr. King’s legacy. The Mario Marcel Salas papers document Salas’ efforts to establish of a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in Texas, and his other political activities as a San Antonio City Councilman and civil rights leader in San Antonio.