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MLK Weekend Packed with Activities

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The largest MLK March in the nation is just a few weeks away, and there are hundreds of events connected to DreamWeek to enlighten you and your family or just have fun.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the events happening on Sunday, Jan. 20, just one day before the largest march in the country.

Sunday, Jan. 20

9 am – MLK 5K at MLK Park: Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” The Young Men’s Leadership Academy 5K Run is a fundraising event presented by the school to help raise funds for the academy, as well as a demonstration of their support for Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of resilience and equality. Young Men’s Leadership Academy is the first all-boys public school in San Antonio. If you are unable, or do not wish to run, please donate!

2 pm – Wreath-Laying Ceremony: The San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission invites the community to the Commission’s annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony honoring the life, struggles and accomplishments of Dr. King. Businesses, city officials, and organizations will lay wreaths at the MLK, Jr. statue in commemoration at 2 pm at E. Houston and N. New Braunfels streets. The Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association will present the colors.

2 pm – Technology and Play at BiblioTech East: Learn about how technology is changing the way kids play today. Screen time recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics for cell phones, television, and other digital devices will be discussed, as well as, hear about new trending apps and alerts parents need to know.  This event is free and open to the public.

2:30 pm – “As Ones” presented by Alamo City Opera at the Buena Vista Theater at UTSA Downtown: The Texas Premier, this new, 75-minute chamber opera depicts the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. Inspired in part by the life experiences of acclaimed filmmaker Kimberly Reed, “As Ones” rich libretto and evocative melodies and harmonies make it an unforgettable work. Pricing varies between $15-$50 depending on seat choices.

4 pm – Annual Day Party hosted by The Alamo Alphas in San Antonio at Lush Rooftop: Music by DJ E-Phlat will go until 8pm. The event is free.

4 pm – “The Rachel Divide”: This documentary spotlights Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who was famously found to be lying about being African-American while serving as an Africana studies professor and NAACP branch president in Spokane, Washington. Filmmaker Laura Brownson followed Dolezal and her sons for two years to explore her choice to continue to identify as a “transracial” African-American and how that’s affected her family. The Rachel Divide shows what happened to Dolezal after the initial furor died down. Filmmaker Laura Brownson says, “There [was] collateral damage and fallout that [was] very big and very hard to recover from. This event is free, but guests should RSVP to attend at the Alamo Drafthouse Park North.

5:30-6:30 pm Vigil: The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative presents a vigil and blessing for the people of the MLK March, symbolizing movement from a place of violence to a place of peace at the East Side Boys and Girls Club at 3503 Martin Luther King Drive.

Monday, Jan. 21

8 am Worship: The community is invited to enjoy a positive and uplifting experience during the Early Morning Worship Program. Presented by the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, the event features contemporary and traditional musical artists, inspirational and motivational dances and spoken word performances. Free and open to the public. This event will include Food Bank donation bins. Please bring nonperishable food products to donate.

10 am – MLK March starting at MLK Academy at 3501 Martin Luther King Drive: The annual march, organized and presented by the San Antonio MLK Jr. Commission and the City of San Antonio, begins at the MLK, Jr. Academy and ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa. The nearly 3-mile route down Martin Luther King Drive takes participants through San Antonio’s historic Eastside in remembrance of Dr. King. In 2018, approximately 300,000 people participated in the march as part of an unforgettable experience that has become one of San Antonio’s signature events.

To see the full list of events for the days prior to the Monday, Jan. 21 march, go here.

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Fine Free Program

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San Antonio Public Library Pilots Fine Free Program

Items classified “juvenile” or “young adult” qualify for fine free checkouts

SAN ANTONIO (June 13, 2019) – In an effort to make Library materials more accessible to children and teens, the San Antonio Public Library, will not be charging overdue fines for books and materials classified as “juvenile or “young adult” during a pilot program.  The pilot program, which launched softly on June 3, will extend through spring 2020 at which time it will be evaluated based on community feedback. 

The Library’s FAQ explains more details about the program (guides.mysapl.org/Fine-FreePilotProgram): 

  • The program applies to items classified as “juvenile” or “young adult” returned on or after June 3, 2019.
  • “Juvenile” or “young adult” items returned on or after June 3, 2019 will not be assessed fines regardless of when they were checked out.
  • Lost or damaged items will still be assessed fees.

“The San Antonio Public Library is piloting a program to alleviate the burden families face when it comes to Library fines,” says Ramiro S. Salazar, Library Director. “The Library’s top priority is to mitigate unintended barriers to access and make our services and materials more available to everyone. We recognize that fines can serve as a barrier preventing some families – especially those who do not have disposable income to pay the fines – from returning to the Library because of fines that accrue. We believe that Library fines on juvenile and teen materials disproportionately affect people living in poverty.”

The Library selected the summer months to launch the program, a time when more children and teens are using the Library during the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club and Summer Reading Program. Maintaining reading levels throughout the summer is crucial for children and teens as they prepare for the next school year. 

View the Library’s juvenile and young adult collection of books, DVDs, and more by visiting mysapl.org.

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2019 Cavalcade of the Stars

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SAN ANTONIO – The Carver Development Board announces its annual fundraiser, the 2019 Cavalcade of the Stars on Saturday, October 26 at the Henry B. González Convention Center, Bridge Hall.  The annual fundraiser benefits the Carver’s School for Visual & Performing Arts’ Artist Residency/Master Class Program, summer camps, Youth Matinee Series and supports the education programs of the Carver Community Cultural Center.   

The Cavalcade of the Stars begins with a reception and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.  The concert benefitting the Carver’s education programs begins at 8:30 p.m. featuring R&B artist, Johnny Gill.  

With an unmistakable, unique trademark style, Johnny Gill has altered the sound of R&B music for over three decades with a signature sound that pairs superior singing with extraordinary showmanship, bringing the world classics such as “My, My, My,” “Rub You The Right Way,” “Where Do We Go From Here,” “Perfect Combination,” “Boys To Men,” “Can You Stand The Rain,” “My Body,” and the timeless wedding song, “You For Me” from Tyler Perry’s hit movie Madea’s Family Reunion. With a seemingly endless list of hits, ranging from his time in New Edition to the all-star trios L.S.G. (the late Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat) and Heads of State (Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant), it’s easy to see why Johnny Gill serves as the prototype for the supreme R&B singer. 

Table sponsorship, individual gala and concert tickets are available. For more information, visit thecarver.org or call (210) 210-396-7471.

The Carver Development Board is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to undertake fundraising activities and to provide financial, programming and advisory support to the Carver Community Cultural Center.

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JUNETEENTH FREEDOM DAY PROJECT

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ST. PHILIP’S COLLEGE INVITES ALL TO JOIN IN ITS FAMILY-FRIENDLY 2019 JUNETEENTH FREEDOM DAY PROJECT

SAN ANTONIO (May 22, 2019)–––As the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth Freedom Day is considered a special event project on the timeline of a college that was originated in 1898 for the daughters of former U.S. slaves.

All are welcome to join St. Philip’s College students as participants in the college’s 2019 Juneteenth Freedom Day project. The highlight of the SPC project involves marching with the college’s students in the local parade that celebrates the event—the Juneteenth Freedom Parade—June 15 at 10 a.m., beginning Sam Houston High School at 4635 E. Houston St., and ending at Comanche Park #2 at 2600 Rigsby Ave.

For details on the project, email jmartin139@alamo.edu or rguerrero@alamo.edu.

Juneteenth Freedom Day is a widely recognized celebration of the moment 154 years ago (June 19, 1865) when more than 200,000 enslaved persons in Texas found out that they were both free and independent from being considered as someone else’s property. One-hundred-fifty-three years is slightly more than half of San Antonio’s 301-year existence as a city, meaning Juneteenth—and slavery—and freedom—has more than a few deep roots in one of the nation’s largest states. 

The march is the signature element of the college’s engagement with the local organizers of the Juneteenth Parade. It began getting into early gear for the last two years when the parade organizers ran into a few issues scheduling the parade close to the actual date of Juneteenth.

When the nation’s first Juneteenth parade of the 2018 season took place June 2 in San Antonio, rather than the projected June 16 date, the college had two weeks to organize its 2018 participation early and appropriately. 

As in year’s past, the college’s 2019 Juneteenth project will be confirmed in coming weeks with at least a single day of family friendly activity and engagement, and the parade is once again announced to be aligned with the actual week that Juneteenth is observed nationwide.

Celebrations public and private began once the final reading of the proclamation on the ending of slavery in the United States occurred in Galveston have enjoyed continuity in North America, for freedom from living as property in legal and commercialized concentration camp-like conditions in a country where freedom is foremost is worth celebrating. Descendants of the enslaved in other parts of the Western Hemisphere where slavery thrived or was frowned upon commemorate similar human events with exhibitions or Juneteenth-like events for the intellect—and for human unity in avoiding such atrocities of the past.

A co-organizer of the 2018 project, Paul Lede is the college’s coordinator of student success.

“We all wore our college anniversary shirts and were waving out the window and honking the horn in our van when the students inside the van decided to get their Juneteenth Freedom Day message closer to the people. Most people in the parade were in cars, and once we got halfway there in vans our students decorated by hand, the students said, ‘We want to walk,’ explained Lede. “After they got out of the vans, our students gave kids beads as they walked in front of the Sam Houston High School Band, and our contingent included Collegiate 100 chapter, honor society and student government members. The students were creative. They took time to decorate our van with beads, ribbons and banners in our college blue and white colors, so people knew it was us,” said Lede.

The college will welcome all to join its contingent in the 2019 Juneteenth Freedom Parade lineup June 15. For full details on the college’s observance to include partnering in or scaling up college participation, service and excellence, contact college Juneteenth Freedom Day program co-chairs John Martin(director of student conduct and Title IX programs) at jmartin139@alamo.edu and Ruben Guerrero (senior multimedia specialist) at rguerrero@alamo.edu.

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