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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King at the Annual San Diego Parade

I am heading to San Diego on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner on a mission to learn more about the origin of the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. I savor train travel – the experience of settling into the sense of space and time that trains encourage – as I stretch out mentally. Along my journey, I relax, enthralled by the visual beauty of the small towns we pass, and am quietly tempted to cross the border into Tijuana, Mexico, before heading home. I can’t help but reflect that today I can ride this train without fear — a testament to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others who came before and after him. I think back to my first train ride: I was five, […]

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