Hundreds celebrate MLK Day on the 'Freedom Train'

January 16, 2012 1:56:30 PM PST
After singing a rendition of "We Shall Overcome" at Caltrain's San Mateo station, hundreds of Bay Area residents of all ages celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday by boarding the 2012 "Freedom Train."

The specially chartered train commemorated King's march from Selma, Ala., to the state's capital, Montgomery, in 1965.

The Freedom Train started its journey at San Jose's Diridon Station and made stops in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and San Mateo, picking up those who wanted to honor King's legacy by taking the train to San Francisco, where most planned to join a march to Yerba Buena Gardens.

Faye McNair-Knox, whose organization One East Palo Alto was chosen by San Mateo County officials as the 2012 Martin Luther King Day Honorary Organization, said the best way to honor King is to continue to work toward the values he upheld.

"If we learned anything from Martin Luther King, it's that we must press on," McNair-Knox said.