The Martin Luther King Jr Day Commemorative Train – January 2018

On January 15, 2018 my niece and I went on the Martin Luther King Jr Day Commemorative Train. The train goes from San Jose to San Francisco in honor of the 50 mile civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. My niece has developed a real interest in social justice issues, which is something that I am very proud of.

This year, I noticed that the crowds were a lot larger. There were a lot of pre-printed signs that people were holding. In the past MLK train rides, there were a lot more hand-made signs, and a lot more activist groups represented. This year, I saw a lot of corporate signs like PayPal, Google, and such.

After the march, my niece and I went to the Metreon to see some of the cartoonists in the Black Comix Arts Festival. We both had a good time. I had some fun conversations with a cartoonist who was a Saints fan and a cartoonist who was a Steelers fan. They both were still in a state of shock at how yesterday’s playoff games went.

Here is a video of the day.

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. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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