Marchers converge for MLK Day, traveling from Caltrain to Yerba Buena Gardens. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Marchers converge on Yerba Buena Gardens for MLK Day celebration

More than 500 marchers traveled from San Francisco’s Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens today for a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Many arrived on board a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day train, which traveled from San Jose to San Francisco with stops in Palo Alto and San Mateo. The march left Caltrain station around 11 a.m., blocking traffic from Third and Channel streets to Third and Yerba Buena Gardens.

Today’s events at Yerba Buena Gardens are being held with the theme “Justice in the Beloved Community.” They include a social justice panel at 1 p.m., in conversation with journalist and performer Al Letson, as well as a community health festival, live music and poetry readings.

Mayor Ed Lee released a statement in honor of the civil rights leader.

“As Dr. King said, ‘We must work increasingly to uplift this nation that we love to a higher destiny, to a higher plateau, to a more noble expression of humanness,'” he said. “Together, San Francisco will continue to be the city that builds stronger and healthier communities; encourages diversity in every neighborhood and at every business; and provides sanctuary to everyone, regardless of race, income, sexual orientation or immigration status. San Francisco will fight for the progress we’ve made and hold itself accountable to achieve its highest ideals and values.”

Bay City News contributed reporting to this story.

Shadows of community members and demonstrators are seen as they move down Third Street in San Francisco's South of Market district during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March Monday, January 16, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

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Shadows of community members and demonstrators are seen as they move down Third Street in San Francisco's South of Market district during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March Monday, January 16, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

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