Riding the Celebration Train for Martin Luther King Jr Day 2017

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

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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