MLK Day march in San Francisco spotlights ‘more work to do’

Hundreds of people are expected to gather Monday in San Francisco and march along a mile-long route to honor the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his legacy of non-violent protests against racial and economic injustices.

Beginning at the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets, marchers will walk across the Lefty O’Doul Bridge to commemorate Bloody Sunday, the March 7, 1965 protest when civil rights marchers crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama were beaten by police. Monday’s march will end at Yerba Buena Gardens, where faith leaders will speak on King’s message and call on participants to reflect on his vision of equality.

San Francisco city workers are expected to take part and demand an end to racism within city departments and policies that contribute to displacement of black residents in San Francisco.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed issued a statement commended the progress society has made since King’s assassination, while also calling attention to civil rights issues that persist today.

“When our transgender brothers and sisters are barred from bathrooms, just as African Americans were barred from the lunch counter, we still have work to do,” Breed said. “When the government closes its doors over a wall meant to divide us, we still have work to do.”

A commemorative train ride from San Jose to San Francisco carries hundreds of people who take part in the annual march.

The demonstration is part of a four-day celebration of King’s ideals in San Francisco that will include lectures, music and film and arts festivals.

Ashley McBride is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @ashleynmcb

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