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What Makes Us Human – DreamWeek 2019

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Film screenings, discussions, concerts, photo, art exhibits to spoken word is starting to fill the calendar for DreamWeek 2019, which takes place for 16 days in January starting Jan. 11. The goal is to inspire discourse on civil issues relating to tolerance, equality, and diversity. .

“What Makes us Human” is the theme for DreamWeek 2019, which is now in its seventh year. Since its inception, DreamWeek has partnered with more than 400 organizations hosting a total of over 1,000 events, and an estimated 130,000 or more attendees have participated in the DreamWeek summit. DreamWeek is concurrent with the annual MLK Commemorative March, which attracted over 300,000 marchers in 2017 and is estimated to be one of the largest in the nation.

One of the events kicking off DreamWeek is Fiesta Youth and Woodlawn Pointe’s NOH8 Campaign Photo Shoot on Saturday Jan. 12, 2019 at Woodlawn Pointe Auditorium from 2 pm to 4 pm. To date, NOH8 Campaign has hosted official photo shoots in 48 of the 50 United States (plus D.C.) and 20 countries around the world. NOH8’s mission is to promote love, acceptance and respect for all human beings.

See the pictures from the first San Antonio NOH8 photo shoot below.

2018 San Antonio SOLO Photos:
http://www.noh8campaign.com/photo-gallery/noh8-photos-36001-36250

2018 San Antonio GROUP or COUPLE Photos:
http://www.noh8campaign.com/photo-gallery/creative-group-photos-93

On Jan. 17, another DreamWeek event is a panel discussion with community leaders, educations experts and stakeholders on student opportunities, access, and readiness. 100 Black Men of America Inc., received a grant from the United States Department of Justice for its Project SOAR (Student Opportunities, Access, and Readiness) program. The program helps to guide youth in establishing and attaining their goals through hard work and commitment.

To learn more about DreamWeek, go here.

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Are You San Antonio’s Next Queen of Soul?

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ARE YOU THE NEXT QUEEN OF SOUL?

Are you a Young lady between the ages of 18 and 24 years old?

Are you a Young lady who is a student in good academic standing?

Are you interested in scholarship money?

Are you a Young Lady who will represent the San Antonio Queen of Soul, Inc. and our community with dignity, composure and grace?

Are you a resident or student of the greater San Antonio, Texas  and surrounding area (within 30 miles)?

Are you a Young Lady in good physical health and of good moral character?

Are you a Young Lady who can complete the Queen of Soul 2020-2021 soon?  

Are you a Young Lady who will be available for the following?

  • 4 to 6 weeks of Queen of Soul Contestant Rehearsals starting in early Feburary?
  • March 10, 2020 Queen of Soul Pageant Reception?
  • March 14, 2020 Queen of Soul Pageant?
  • Fiesta 2020 events?

If so then YOU could be the 2020 – 2021 Queen of Soul!

Please go to the following website for the application and other details:

San Antonio Queen of Soul, Inc.  https://www.saqueenofsoul.org/

CONTACT:   QOS Contestant Coordinators

Dori Brown and Zekalia  Washington

Cell: 210-570-9295

QOSPREZ@gmail.com

https://www.saqueenofsoul.org/
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Black Teen Banned From Graduation Because of His Hair

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Mont Belvieu, TX — Deandre Arnold, a high school student from Texas, is reportedly being discriminated against because of his hair style of choice. His school, Barbers Hill High School in the city of Mont Belvieu, has suspended him and banned him from participating in his own graduation unless he cuts his locks to a shorter length.

School officials claim their decision is based on their long-standing policy wherein “no dress code policy that prohibits any cornrow or any other method of wearing of the hair, our policy limits the length. It’s been that way for 30 years,” Superintendent Greg Poole told KHOU 11.

However, activists believe that it is yet again another case of racial discrimination.

“The dress code is designed by white people for white people and is damaging to Black bodies,” Black Lives Matter activist Ashton Woods said.

“This is a Black and white issue, Deandre (and) his family should not have to go through this. But I expect it from a board that has zero diversity,” stated Gary Monroe, with the United Urban Alumni Association.

A number of activists supported Deandre and his family in their discussion with the Barbers Hill school board, hoping to come to a favorable resolution. They thought that the issue was an insignificant obstruction to the teen’s education that might also be experienced by others.

“We’re here for Deandre, but it’s about more than that, this is about all the other Deandres that could come through Barbers Hill,” Sandy Arnold, Deandre’s mother said.

Moreover, Deandre’s family, together with their supporters, are planning to take the case to federal court if the school wouldn’t come up with a resolution 48 hours after their meeting.

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Continuing The Legacy

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CONTINUING KING’S LEGACY OF JUSTICE, PEACE AND EQUALITY!

The City of San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will continue its commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1st March for Justice organized by the late Rev. Dr. Raymond “R.A.” Callies, Sr., a San Antonio teacher and pastor. Rev. Callies began the March in 1968 to call attention to the need for basic infrastructure on the east side. His efforts have resulted in what has become one of the largest commemorative marches for Dr. King in the United States and possibly the world. After the death of Dr. King, he worked tirelessly to have a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. erected in what is now MLK Plaza located at the heart of the eastside on New Braunfels Street. Since then, community members along with thousands of others who travel across the country to participate, have gathered each year in increasing numbers to reflect on their own Dream of Justice, Peace and Equality to all in America.

Improving the quality of life for all people was the dream of Dr. King and Rev. Callies. The MLK Commission seeks to continue their work and legacy by offering educational and empowering events throughout the month of January each year. If you would like to support the mission of the City of San Antonio, MLK Commission, please participate by attending the various events provided by the Commission. Your financial support is also needed to help in presenting Scholarships to deserving area students. Please contact the City of San Antonio’s MLK, Jr. Commission for more informtation.

The signature event, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March, is scheduled for Monday, January 20, 2020. The march will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the MLK Academy located at 3501 MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa. 

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