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SDSU at the MLK Parade

An SDSU delegation honored the prominent civil rights leader at the annual MLK Parade.
By Kimberly Lamke Calderon

More than 350 students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the Aztec family joined this year’s campus delegation in downtown San Diego for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade on Sunday, January 17.

Each year, the parade serves as a powerful reminder of one of the most prominent civil rights leaders in history — Martin Luther King, Jr. Hundreds of San Diego State University supporters dressed in red and black walked alongside President Elliot Hirshman, Provost Chukuka S. Enwemeka and Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Rivera to honor Dr. King and his contributions to the civil rights movement.

SDSU has a long history of supporting King’s dream of equal opportunities for all. In 1964, King visited what was then-San Diego State College and delivered a speech to advocate for the passing of legislation to counter racial prejudice and discrimination, bigotry and intolerance.

SDSU commemorated the 50th anniversary of King’s visit by dedicating a plaque in his name in the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre upper courtyard in 2014.