San Antonio’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march and rally is one of the nation’s largest, celebrating the late civil rights leader’s call for unity, community action, equality, and social justice. For the past seven years, San Antonians have organized DreamWeek San Antonio Summit, a series of events leading up to the yearly march, and as a practice to realize King’s dream of a more just society.
Kicking off January 11, and with a schedule of more than 170 events, the seventh annual DreamWeek is bigger than even before. Using the theme “What Makes Us Human?” to craft this year's symposium, the 16 days of DreamWeek features panel discussions, mixers, exhibits, film screenings, musical performances, and other activities meant to inspire dialogue, foster ideas, and promote civic engagement.
Here’s a look at a few DreamWeek highlights, and find a full schedule here.
Becoming San Antonio: Centuries of Immigration — January 11-26
An interactive mixed-media exhibition, hosted at the Kampmann Library Portal at 210 W. Market St., features photography from Michael Cirlos, the author of “Humans of San Antonio,” traces the cultural evolution of San Antonio.
Òlájú African Market Creative Arts Festival — January 12
Running from noon-7 pm at Brick at Blue Star, this showcase features art, food, music, fashion, and more from the African continent.
The Baylor Project — January 12
Wife-husband duo of vocalist Jean Baylor and drummer Marcus Baylor performs at 8 pm at Carver Community Cultural Center.
Walk on the River screening — January 13
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Park North hosts a screening of Walk on the River at 6:30 pm. The independent film documents the history of African-Americans in San Antonio and their contributions to the city's development and growth.
Siboney Díaz-Sánchez — January 14
An architect at San Antonio-based firm Overland Partners, Siboney Díaz-Sánchez is among the participants in the DreamWeek speaker series, a new addition to DreamWeek San Antonio Summit. Appearing at Alamo Beer Co. at 7:30 pm, Díaz-Sánchez talks about how creating space benefits people in more ways than one.
Ashley Smith — January 16
Local architect and San Antonio Gender Association president Ashley Smith continues the speaker series at 11:30 am at the Radius Center. Smith discusses gender identity, the transgender experience, and who should have the power to determine and assign gender.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — January 16
Our Lady of the Lake University hosts an onstage presentation of the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at 6 pm in the Thiry Auditorium. The book, which was adapted into a film, chronicles the story of a woman who undergoes cancer treatment only to end up helping — albeit unwittingly — researchers with toward a breakthrough in medical science. A discussion follows with members of the Lacks family.
Freedom Riders panel — January 17
Designer Glitz and Glamour in Universal City is the setting for a celebration of the 1960s freedom riders from 3-6 pm. Listen as Patricia Dilworth, Kredelle Pettway, and Barbara Bowie recall their first-hand experiences as young Freedom Riders in Mississippi. The event includes a Q&A with the audience, as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Stop the Hate! Bridging the Gap Between Our Differences — January 17
This special community forum runs from 5:30-8:30 pm at the University of the Incarnate Word. The interactive discussion examines hate in the community and finds ways to foster a more inclusive society.
The DreamWeek Awards Luncheon — January 18
Beginning at 11:30 am at The Spire at St. Paul’s Square, the luncheon features keynote speaker Crystal Miller, a survivor of the Columbine High School. Miller shares her journey of faith and hope.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. March — January 24
The annual march begins at 10 am at MLK Jr. Academy, with more than 300,000 people expected to attend. The march ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park, with a day-long rally, prayer, guest speakers, music, food, and more.
GoodPeopleSA Mixer — January 24
AT&T Center hosts the GoodPeopleSA mixer at 6:30-8:30 pm. Individuals, businesses, and organizations of all backgrounds are invited to enjoy an evening of networking, refreshments, entertainment, and more at this free-admission event.