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San Antonio, 1960: A Quiet Revolution



Seventeen-year-old Mary Lillian Andrews led the local NAACP Youth Council in 1960. When the Texas lunch counter sit-ins started in March, she took swift action. Her request that San Antonio stores integrate their eating places produced the first peaceful, voluntary integration of the national sit-in movement.

But this Civil Rights victory, praised by baseball great Jackie Robinson in the New York Times, didn’t come easy. 1,500 members of the African American community, united by the NAACP and their church pastors, stood ready to protest. It took a day of secret negotiations and the city’s own unique character to produce San Antonio’s “quiet revolution.”

This is the second in a three-video series on the Texas lunch counter sit-ins of 1960. Historic images and recordings recall how seven stores, including Woolworth on Alamo Plaza, integrated on March 16th. African American artist Richard Hunt, already a noted sculptor, describes his experience eating at Woolworth that day.

Meet some of San Antonio’s leading Civil Rights activists and advocates, including Mary Lillian Andrews; Rev. C. Don Baugh; Rev. Claude Black, Jr.; Harry V. Burns; Carlos C. Cadena; S.J. Davis; Rev. Samuel H. James, Jr.; Rabbi David Jacobson; Fr. Erwin Juraschek; Archbishop Robert Lucey; G.J. Sutton; and James E. Taylor, Jr.

This video series, “Woolworth and Civil Rights: A First in the South,” is co-sponsored by the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM). It is also made possible in part by grants from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the World Monuments Fund (WMF).

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these videos do not necessarily represent those at Humanities Texas or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Avista Products Presents 2021 Blackbook




Black Professionals, Greek Sororities and Fraternities Featured in 2021 Blackbook Yearbook & Directory 

San Antonio, TX Dec. 1, 2021 –The San Antonio Blackbook Yearbook & Directory is proud to feature the “Divine Nine” this year in its annual book and premiere party on Monday, Dec. 6 at Antioch Sports Complex at 6 pm. The nine Greek Black fraternities and sororities that make up the “Divine Nine” have given thousands of dollars in scholarships to local students and helped countless nonprofits in supporting underserved residents. 

In addition to the “Divine Nine,” the 230-page Blackbook features nine individuals who have risen to prominence in their positions or given selflessly to the community. The candidates this year are: 

  • Vincent T. Davis – San Antonio Express-News Journalist
  • Marcel Johnson – Senior Vice President, Port San Antonio 
  • Alethia Jones – Artist/Painter
  • Bill Kent – Owner of BTL Technology
  • Deborah Omowale Jarmon,CEO/Director, San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum
  • Mark Outing – Owner of Mark’s Outing
  • Judge Jason Pulliam, U.S. Western District
  • San Antonio Poet Laureate Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson
  • Charles Williams – Entrepreneurial pioneer on East Side

Bringing these individuals and Greek organizations together in one book is significant because it gives San Antonio an opportunity to see their community impact. Blackbook Publisher Carl Booker said for the last 10 years, this book has brought out the rich diversity that is here in our city but often is not recognized. These professionals and organizations quietly push the envelope to lead and be the best in their organizations. This is also the only local print publication where you will find over 1,400 business listings featuring mostly Black business owners and showcases event coverage of prominent local African American events.  

“In this edition of the Blackbook, we were able to capture a year a lot of people would like to forget due to the pandemic. As stewards of our generation, it is our responsibility to document and measure where we are at and even how struggles have shaped us. Despite the challenge we faced last year, this book gives me hope of the strength of our local Black community,” said Booker, who is also owner of San Antonio-based Avista Products. 

The Blackbook is an award-winning publication that is archived in the Institute of Texan Cultures Library Collection, UTSA’s Libraries Special Collections and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin. This year’s event is emceed by Jermaine “J Cole” Coleman, Sr., U.S. Army veteran, TV/film producer, director and writer and host of various Black Video News shows. To learn more about the Blackbook, go here.

About Avista Products

Avista Products creates and publishes the Blackbook annually. Avista Products also provides business solutions, design and production services for the community in the greater San Antonio area. Additionally, it partners with local corporate, nonprofits and other organizations to encourage best business practices in the African American Community. For more information, visit

About Blackbook Directory & Yearbook

Blackbook Directory and Yearbook is an annual hardback book featuring archival activities and industry profiles with business listings. Black Video News, compliments the Blackbook, and is a news network that has been also documenting the local community. It will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2022. Additional information:,, 

You can still be a part of history by joining us one last time in 2021.

What’s inside?

230 Full Color pages w/hardback cover
Over 1400 Business Listings
38 Page spread of regional
       Greek Chapter Roll Call

2021 Special Event Coverage
Dreamweek Pictorial Recap
Black Worship Clergy Hall of Fame Dinner
Introducing the Class of 2021
       Blacks @ Work
San Antonio’s Most Influential
       Dream Team



DECEMBER 6, 2021 6pm Antioch Sports Complex







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Carver Development Board Awarded $100,000




Carver Development Board Awarded $100,000 High Impact Grant from Impact SA for Mobile Arts Lab

The Carver Development Board was awarded the $100,000 High Impact Grant in the Arts & Culture focus area by Impact San Antonio Foundation Incorporated during the 2021 Grant Award Night on Monday, October 25, 2021, before an enthusiastic in-person and virtual crowd of finalists, Impact SA members and guests. 

Impact SA awarded the grant to the Carver Development Board for its proposal of a Mobile Arts Lab that will allow the Carver Community Cultural Center to serve the community beyond its physical location at 226 N. Hackberry. Through the Mobile Arts Lab, the Carver will be able to deliver free visual, performing and cultural arts programs directly to the places people live, work, play and learn.

The customized 170” Sprinter van funded by the grant will take local and visiting artists out into the community, along with art supplies, A/V equipment, a generator, a mobile stage, tables, chairs, tents, a sink, and a loading ramp.

Impact San Antonio is a nonprofit comprised of diverse women who join together to provide substantial grants to nonprofit organizations in the Greater San Antonio community through the power of collective philanthropy. Grants were awarded in five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation & Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness. The Carver Development Board, the nonprofit educational arm of the Carver, and Youth Orchestras of San Antonio were the two finalists under the Arts & Culture focus area; both organizations made it through a rigorous review of more than 150 applicants. 

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