(KTSF by Sean Au)
More than a thousand people braved the cold and came to San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens to take part in the commemorative activities for Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Some took the Freedom train from San Jose to San Francisco.
On the train, one student said, “There were people singing songs. They were giving us little speeches. We were able to learn things from them.”
The group marched from the Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens. A group city officials were present to greet the participants.
Mayor Ed Lee said, “As the first Chinese American Mayor in the history of San Francisco, I know that as a civil rights attorney, as a student of history, and as a mayor here, I would never have had these opportunities without the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Supervisor Malia Cohen added, “We still have a lot to do. We are nowhere near where we could be. We still have people who are losing their homes. We still have people who are discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, people are still redlined from certain neighborhoods.”
Over a thousand attended the event organized by the San Francisco Interfaith Council. After the program, consisting of songs and prayers, many stayed to learn more about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr at the memorial in the park.
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