The MLK Celebration Train from San Jose to San Francisco – Jan 2019

On Martin Luther King Jr’s Day, my niece and I took the Celebration Train from San Jose to San Francisco. This is the third time we’ve gone together to the Freedom Train and the Martin Luther King Jr Day March in SF, and we both enjoy it. I’m glad she’d learning about the history of protest and its importance in creating positive social change.

This year, we sang a lot more songs than in previous time. Many civil rights songs and church songs. I won a free MLK shirt when I answered a question that the conductor was asking the passengers.

During the march from the train station to Yerba Buena Gardens, I noticed a lot more optimism among the crowd. There is still concern about the increase in racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry, but there is also hope after the 2018 elections.

It was cool to see how inclusive the marchers were. I saw Muslim women with hijabs smiling and saying hello to anyone passing by. Gay and lesbian couples were holding hands and holding signs with quotes of Martin Luther King Jr. Families of all races were having a great time.

Like in the Women’s March a few days ago, there were drummers marching with the crowd. I’m not sure why, but I think drummers add an energy to a march that lifts everyone’s spirits. It’s always thrilling to hear the beat of the drums.


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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