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Due to the current COVID situation, the Coalition for the Woolworth Building is postponing this in-person event. We hope to offer it closer to March 16th, the 62nd anniversary of San Antonio’s downtown lunch counter integration. Please check back for an update. 

Two of our event partners are still holding their own DreamWeek events.  SAAACAM’s Black History River Tour kicks off on Thurs., Jan. 13th, 6:00-9:00PM.  The San Antonio Public Library invites you to Celebrate DreamWeek with a talk by event founder and organizer Shokare Nakpodia at the Carver Library on Tues., Jan. 25th, 6:30-7:30PM.

“Piecing Together a Story of Courage: Civil Rights in San Antonio”

Invites you to discover local heroines and heroes of the Civil Rights Movement; historic images, recordings, and interviews keep their story paramount.  Learn from local experts how to preserve the materials and memories behind these vital stories.

The Videos

Start by screening “The Texas Sit-Ins, 1960” and “San Antonio, 1960: A Quiet Revolution.”  Learn how young African Americans helped re-energize the national Civil Rights Movement by protesting racial discrimination at public lunch counters across the South.  In San Antonio, Mary Lillian Andrews pushed the city to produce the first peaceful, voluntary lunch counter integration of the national sit-in movement.

Mexican Americans also struggled to obtain equal treatment. San Antonio: Cradle of Mexican American Civil Rights” provides an overview of San Antonio’s national prominence in addressing and promoting the rights of Mexican Americans in the face of widespread discrimination from the nineteenth century to the present.

The Discussion

Community-sourced archival images and recordings reveal the untold, local stories of Black and Brown struggle and achievement. Our panel of professional archivists discusses types of family and business items and their care,  the need for oral histories, and these documents’ value to historians.  The panel includes:

Matt DeWaelsche, Archivist, San Antonio Public Library; curator of the African American Funeral Program Collection

Donna Guerra, Archivist and co-curator of the Museo del Westside exhibit, “Women & Activism in the Westside

Kenneth Stewart, Archivist, San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum

Dr. Sarah Zenaida Gould, Executive Director of the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute, serves as our panel moderator.

Sharing Your History

Participate in a History Harvest to help the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) grow its digital collection. Participants may bring 1 to 5 items, such as letters, family photographs, etc. Items up to 11” x 17” will be scanned as time permits. Please be prepared to sign a release form.

Visit our “Ask the Expert” table to get personalized advice on preserving your historic items.

For more information, contact Beth Standifird at bstandifird@saconservation.org.

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