On Monday January 16, 2017, my niece and I rode the Celebration Train from San Jose to San Francisco to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day and to commemorate the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. My niece has expressed a strong interest in social justice activism, so I thought this could be a good chance for her to experience her first march.
It was kind of a civil rights weekend for us. The previous night we watched the movie “Hidden Figures” and it got us in the mood for the march.
This year I noticed a lot more Asian American families attending than in previous MLK train rides that I attended. From my own experience, most of the Asian Americans that I know have a strong appreciation for what Martin Luther King Jr and the whole civil rights movement has done to open up opportunities for all minority groups. Asian American activists like Yuri Kochiyama and Grace Lee Boggs were strong allies in the African American struggle for equal rights.
After the march, my niece wanted to go to City Lights Bookstore and get a few books on activism. We took the bus to Chinatown, then walked to the City Lights Bookstore. It’s always a cool store to visit and we spent some time browsing the books and reading.
Here is a video of the Celebration Train from San Jose to San Francisco on Martin Luther King Jr Day 2017