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Businesses on the MLK March route welcome the return of marchers after 3 years

San Antonio – On Monday morning, Sammy Sana stood outside his store on Pecan Valley Drive and Martin Luther King Drive, watching hundreds of thousands of demonstrators march past for the first time in three years.

He had been at the place for five or six years, but it was strange that there were no personal marches in 2021 and 2022 and he was glad to see the march again.

“It’s a mix of people and I’m so happy to see that dream is still alive,” Sana said.

This is a dream that he appreciates.

“Mr. King was fighting for something. It’s not about the march. It’s not about that, you know? But there was a philosophy behind it. Equality. You can do anything,” he said.

Sana said there were “a lot” of passers-by who came to the restroom or for a drink. However, because the streets around the store were closed for the duration of the march, no vehicles passed through for much of the morning.

But although things were slower overall, he didn’t mind.

“We work all year round. So one day, no, it doesn’t matter,” he said.

On the other side of I-10, hungry pedestrians meant good business for Skinny Black BBQ, as well as a chance for businesses to promote their own business.

The business is owned by the family of Marchioness Jones, a 23-year-old black man who was shot dead by an on-duty police officer in 2014.

“We have an organization called the Marquise Jones Foundation that my sister just started and then his dad opened his restaurant four years ago,” Jones’ mother, Cheryl Jones, said as she and other family members sported bright red shirts. with the name of the fund.

Like Sana, the family was also happy about the return of the march in general.

“Everyone was minding their own business when the pandemic hit. But the march unites the whole society, all for the same purpose,” Debbie Bush said.

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