Daryl Davis, Tai Abrams with News 4 SA anchor

Man Who Reforms KKK Members to Kick Off DreamWeek 2018 / News4SA

SAN ANTONIO — A man who has made it his mission to transform the conversation between society and the Ku Klux Klan is in San Antonio this week.

He will be the keynote speaker for the kickoff of Dreamweek. Daryl Davis and author Tai Abrams stopped by News 4 San Antonio’s Evening Break to share their stories and what you can expect at the upcoming Dreamweek events.

A complete guide to celebrating San Antonio's DreamWeek 2018 - Culture Map

A complete guide to celebrating San Antonio’s DreamWeek 2018 / Culture Map San Antonio


San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. March, now in its 31st year, has become one of the nation’s largest marches of its kind. But the march is just one part of a growing event filled with festivities that celebrate MLK’s legacy of education, tolerance, and cultural diversity.

The sixth annual DreamWeek Summit, beginning January 5, includes more than 200 symposiums, panel discussions, performances, and other activities — all designed to foster an environment for civic and civil engagement.

“Participation and interest in our 2018 summit has been tremendous,” said Shokare Nakpodia, president of the organizing DreamVoice venture, in a news release. “With 180 local hosting partners, 120 participating venues, and 100 volunteers, DreamWeek is the fruit of a community driven endeavor and has become a one-of-a-kind collaboration that is now attracting national interest. More than ever, San Antonio is emerging as the face of America’s future.”

This year’s DreamWeek Summit has grown thanks in part to new partners, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, American Red Cross, Healy-Murphy Center, and Linda Pace Foundation. DreamWeek 2018 begins on January 5 with a breakfast ceremony from 8-9:30 am at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

In addition to remarks by Mayor Ron Nirenberg, a keynote address will be offered by noted musician/author/lecturer Daryl Davis, who has developed a reputation for forging a unique approach toward race relations. Davis, an African-American, has spent his career traveling the nation interviewing Ku Klux Klan leaders and members.

In preparation for the 15 day celebration, we’ve rounded up a few other DreamWeek events worth checking out. It should be noted that some DreamWeek events also double as activities for the concurrent San Antonio Cocktail Conference, as well as the city’s tricentennial celebration.

Friday, January 5

  • Free screening of the documentary film Accidental Courtesy, about Davis’ race relations experiences. Screening held from 4-6 pm at Carver Public Library.
  • 80th Annual Founders’ Day Gala marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce. From 6-11 pm at Pearl Stables.

Saturday, January 6

  • Public Space East presents Brunch and Build at Burleson Yard Beer Garden — East Side chefs will prepare dishes as area artists create artwork to be installed along paths and play areas at Dignowity and Lockwood parks. Admission is free; food ticket is $10 for adults, free for children age 12-under. From 11 am-4 pm

Sunday, January 7

  • The Impact Guild hosts a global community dinner at 708 W. Summit Ave. This will be a progressive dinner, involving dishes from different cultures and regions, and an opportunity to talk with new people about new ideas. The dinner will be held from 6-8 pm and admission is $40.

Monday, January 8

  • SA RISE (Rising in Solidarity for Equity) presents an open conversation about equity in local public education. From 6-8 pm at Brick at Blue Star. Admission is free.

Tuesday, January 9

  • San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts an an after hours mixer. From 6-8 pm at the Plaza Club, 100 W. Houston St. Admission is free.

Wednesday, January 10

  • Free screening of the new documentary, Walk On the River: A Black History of Alamo City. The film highlights the contributions that African-Americans have made to San Antonio’s evolution. Held from 7-9 pm at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Park North. 
  • Women Shaking It Up: Inspiring Women Superheroes helps to also kick off the cocktail conference. The event recognizes female bartenders and chefs, as well as other notable women making their mark in business, sports, politics, and more. Event held from 7:30-11 pm at Zaza Gardens. Admission is $65.

Thursday, January 11

  • Dr. J.R. Bowie III Scholarship Foundation’s Awards Banquet and Concert — Community members get to meet the original Mississippi Freedom Riders, and recognize special individuals with the Freedom Rider Jesse James Davis Scholarship. Event runs from 6:30-11 pm at Continental Café and Event Center, 6390 Fairdale Drive. Admission is $25-$28.
  • Trinity University’s MLK commemorative lecture featuring Kathleen Neal Cleaver. Listen to an inspiring talk by a woman who has spent most of her life fighting for human rights. She is currently co-director of the Human Rights Research Fund. Lecture begins at 7:30 pm in the Laurie Auditorium. Admission is free.
  • Bettye LaVette performs at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. 7:30 pm, tickets available from $39.50-$75

Friday, January 12

  • DreamWeek Awards Luncheon —This lunch honors organizations and individuals who embody DreamVoice’s mission of “advancing the voices of tolerance, equality, and diversity.” This year’s event will include a keynote address by Amal Kassir, a Syrian-American spoken word poet and activist. Luncheon begins 11:30 am in the La Orilla Del Rio Ballroom, 203 S. St. Mary’s St. Admission begins at $50.
  • The Renaissance Guild offers The Eastwood Project: A Blues Continuum, an evening of music and dance that recalls the legendary Eastwood Country Club, which helped to bring popular black entertainers to a local integrated audience decades ago. Concert begins at 8 pm at Carver Community Cultural Center. Additional performances Jan. 13-21. Admission is $25.

Saturday, January 13

  • San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) hosts its fourth annual Taste the Dream Gala. Enjoy a celebration of diversity through food with proceeds benefiting SAGE. Featured chefs include Johnny Hernandez, David “Bully” Page, Luis Colon, and Charassri Saengon. Dinner from 6-11 pm at the Witte Museum. Admission is $150. This is also a tricentennial event.
  • Evolution of Beauty Defined: From Sarah Baartman to Billions — Gwen Devoe, creator of Full Figure Fashion Week, will be among the industry experts discussing how body shaming has turned into a billion-dollar industry that celebrates women’s curves. Living mannequins will pose among the guests. Show begins at 5 pm at the Quarry Golf Club. Admission is $25.

Monday, January 15

  • 2018 MLK March begins at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy and ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park. At the park, the public will gather for a program commemorating King’s legacy. There will be speeches and food vendors, as well as business and community service information. March begins at 10 am and admission is free.

Tuesday, January 16

  • Diversity in Action lets LGBTQ youth to take part in free, artistic, peer-connecting activities. Event begins at 6:30 pm at University Presbyterian Church.

Wednesday, January 17

  • Confluence Park Grand Opening — The San Antonio River Foundation and San Antonio River Authority have been working to develop the former industrial yard into a public space for interactive ecological education and recreation. 10:30 am at 310 W. Mitchell St. Admission is free.

Thursday, January 18

  • The band The Foreign Arm will present a narrative musical performance. Event begins at 8 pm at Carmen de la Calle, 320 N. Flores St. Admission is $10.

Friday, January 19

  • SA2020 luncheon will celebrate the release of the SA2020 2017 Impact Report. Every year, the nonprofit charts the community’s progress in several elements, from economic development to public health. Lunch begins at 11:30 am at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Admission is $50.

Saturday, January 20

  • The Mayor’s Ball closes out DreamWeek with local musical, theatrical, comedic, and cultural performance talent. Ball begins at 7 pm at the Empire Theater, and admission is $200.
DreamWeek 2018 - The San Antonio Observer

DreamWeek 2018 / The San Antonio Observer



Two keynote speakers have been announced for the 2018 DreamWeek Summit.

The speakers, Daryl Davis and Amal Kassir, will each address their experience in social and humanitarian activism with respect to the DreamWeek themes of tolerance, equality, and diversity.

Daryl Davis will deliver the keynote address for the DreamWeek 2018 Opening Ceremony on January 5. Davis, a musician, author, and lecturer, has written a book and produced a documentary in which he reflects on his experience working with members of the Ku Klux Klan. He has earned the attention of national press outlets for his unorthodox approach to resolving racial tension, which he sums up in one brief statement: “Establish dialogue. When two enemies are talking, they’re not fighting.”

DreamWeek 2018 will conclude on Saturday, January 20 with the Inaugural Mayor’s Ball, which will feature performances by the city’s top performance artists and entertainers presented by DreamVoice and selected by Mayor Ron Nirenberg. In a recent statement, the mayor reflected on the impact that the annual summit has made on the local community: “DreamWeek is one of the most forward-looking and iconic developments in San Antonio in the last decade.”

The DreamWeek summit comprises 16 days of symposiums, panel discussions, performances, and more, all designed to inspire discourse on civil issues relating to tolerance, equality, and diversity. The 2018 Summit is expected lineup of more than 200 partner-hosted events.

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Over 200 Events Anticipated For Upcoming DreamWeek 2018 Summit / SA Current


The annual DreamWeek Summit will return to San Antonio for its sixth consecutive year in January 2018 with a lineup of over 200 events. The summit comprises 16 days of symposiums, panel discussions, performances, film screenings, art exhibits, and more, all designed to inspire discourse on civil issues relating to tolerance, equality, and diversity.

The 2018 summit lineup includes events from a growing roster of partner organizations. New partners include the American Civil Liberties Union, American Red Cross, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, The Rape Crisis Center, Transgender Education Network of Texas, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Linda Pace Foundation. Many partners, such as SA2020, San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE), the San Antonio Public Library, Artpace, and the DoSeum, are returning as seasoned hosts.

This upcoming year’s DreamWeek Opening Ceremony will feature opening remarks by Mayor Ron Nirenberg who believes DreamWeek “is one of the most forward-looking and iconic developments in San Antonio in the last decade.” The opening ceremony will also feature guest speaker Daryl Davis, an African American man who has earned national attention for his unorthodox approach to resolving racial tensions with Ku Klux Klan members.

The DreamWeek Awards Luncheon will feature guest speaker Amal Kassir, a 22 year old Syrian-American spoken word poet and activist, whose humanitarian initiatives for Syria such as speaking out against Islamophobia, and empowering marginalized voices presented her the opportunity to speak at a TEDx Talk conference.

DreamWeek 2018 will conclude on Saturday, January 20th with the Inaugural Mayor’s Ball, the celebration will highlight San Antonio’s burgeoning arts and culture scene, featuring some of the city’s foremost musical, theatrical, comedic, and cultural performance artists.

For more information about the DreamWeek summit and a line-up of all the scheduled events for 2018 visit

More than 200 events planned for DreamWeek 2018 - NEWS4SA

More than 200 events planned for DreamWeek 2018


SAN ANTONIO — DreamWeek 2018 will be jam packed with more than 200 events you and your family can attend.

The mission behind these events is to promote tolerance, equality and diversity throughout San Antonio. Sho Nakpodia and Robert Pompa with DreamWeek/DreamVoice stopped by News 4 San Antonio’s Evening Break to share what you can expect.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Inclusive Art Centered Second Saturday / The Trinitonian


This past weekend the Southtown Art District’s Second Saturday event exhibited “Nasty Woman Art Exhibition” and “Portraits by Kasumu” in 1906 Gallery’s AP Art Lab. Contributing to  San Antonio Dream Week, the exhibits displayed collections of diverse artworks created by female artists.

DreamWeek San Antonio hosted several cultural events over the weekend where people were encouraged to engage in the arts for the promotion of values such as tolerance, equality and diversity.  While connected to DreamWeek, each collection shown during Second Saturday had planning and organization by independent San Antonio groups.

“Nasty Woman New York was the original nasty woman show,” said Elle Minter, Yes, Ma’am organizer and nasty woman. “They had us on their website and they promoted our show.”

Minter worked alongside fellow Yes, Ma’am zine collaborator Suzy Gonzalez to host the San Antonio exhibit where featured art pieces were sold between $10-$100 with all proceeds donated directly to Planned Parenthood South Texas. Over 150 pieces were reportedly sold on the opening night raising 3500 dollars for the organization.

“We did our call submissions through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter,” said Minter. “We have a lot of first time artists in the show actually.”

The call encouraged anyone who identified as a nasty woman to submit their artistic work, stating on the Yes, Ma’am Facebook page that any piece following the posted guidelines would be featured.

“I do art for myself normally,” said Lucy Gonzalez, artist and nasty woman. “This is the first show I’ve ever been in, but when I heard the topic and that you pretty much just had to be involved in wanting to participate to participate, that was really awesome knowing that whatever I chose to do they were going to put it in their show. That was very encouraging for me as an artist that doesn’t do shows.”

One of the two works submitted by Gonzalez was a depiction of Princess Leia done on wood.

“There were a lot of celebrity deaths that made me a little sad last year, but that was the one,” said Gonzales. “I made it shortly after that happened. I’ve always admired Princess Leia slash Carrie Fisher. Of course she’s been good in other roles, but I mean Leia is the nasty woman. A strong woman who doesn’t need to listen to a man, that can think on her own, and get shit done.”

People lined against the walls to the exhibit’s entrance for most of the night while they waited for their opportunity to walk through the gallery featuring fewer and fewer pieces as they were sold during the show. The S.M.A.R.T projectspace located to the right of the Nasty Woman exhibit featured photographic portraits taken by the London based British-Nigerian photographer Juliana Kasumu.

“I think the exhibit was literally just the works that I felt most inspired by to this day,” said Kasumu. “The hair images are all basically based on this investigation into self, and me being Nigerian and moreover what these hairstyles traditionally meant pre-colonialism and postcolonialism. I wanted to show work that was reflective of who I am. They’re all just a reflection of who I am as an artist today.”

Kasumu sought to engage viewers in the nuances of black-female identities. Her work was represented by the Òlàjú art group.

“We’re a nonprofit organization promoting contemporary African arts and culture,” said Obafemi Ogunleye, founder and director of the group. “We put out an open call on our Instagram and she responded all the way from London. This special event was an exhibition plus a live demonstration. We had models coming in throughout the night to be photographed portraiture style, which is her speciality.”

Kasumu captured her unique tonal mood in the portraits of the volunteers who modeled inside of the exhibit throughout the evening.

“These women are based here in San Antonio,” Kasumu said. “They’re notable black women within San Antonio who are professors, entrepreneurs and women of inspiration. I want it to be a continuous thing where with every city I go to I document these notable black women.”

Kasumu has a temporary exhibit on display at Musical Bridges Around the World titled “From Moussor to Tignon: The Evolution of the Head-tie” until March 1.

Nasty Woman San Antonio will hold its final closing reception on January 21, in 1906 Gallery.

Children from 20 countries take oath to become U.S. citizens / San Antonio Express News


Just before one of the biggest events of her young life, 6-year-old Olayinka Olayande waved a miniature American flag in the air Saturday like a conductor directing an orchestra.

The youngster and her family immigrated to San Antonio from London in 2011. Earlier Saturday, Olayinka nodded as her mother explained that she wouldn’t lose her Caribbean and Nigerian background and would receive a document that would declare her as a citizen of the United States of America.

“Especially coming from our own heritage means she now has opportunities that weren’t presented to us when we were her age,” Laseason Olayande said, her husband, Babatunde Olayande, at her side. “I think that’s paramount.”

Olayinka was one of 50 children from 20 countries who became U.S. citizens Saturday at the DoSeum, San Antonio’s children museum. The naturalization ceremony was the second collaboration between the DoSeum and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The ceremony was one of Saturday’s many events for DreamWeek, a citywide summit of events that aim to promote equality, tolerance and diversity, leading up to the city’s MLK March on Monday.

After the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, Senior Immigration Services Officer Juanita G. Reyes called each of the children’s names as they threaded their way through aisles to receive their certificates of citizenship. CIS branch chief Harvey B. Lugo handed the children their documents beneath an image of a large, American flag rippling in the wind, with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground.

Camera flashes and cellphone snapshots greeted San Antonio’s newest American citizens, who included the Martinez sisters — Lorena, 9, and Paola, 11 — born in Mexico.

They smiled as they showed their certificates to their parents, Enrique and Magda Martinez.

“They were waiting for this service a year ago,” Magda Martinez said.

Enrique Martinez said he and his wife were thrilled when they heard that their daughters could take part in the special naturalization ceremony.

“We felt with this citizenship, they can take advantage of the opportunities in the United States and Mexico,” he said. “They are very aware of the process because of my orientation to become a U.S. citizen. They were very excited to know they were going to become United States citizens.”

Shokare Nakpodia, founder of DreamWeek, said the young citizens fulfill the idea of America.

“What was actually done was to unite and strengthen families that have decided to make this their home,” Nakpodia said, “where they can flourish and bring all of their cultural talents. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Keynote speaker Shahrzad Dowlatshahi, the city’s chief of protocol, told the children about her own immigrant experience of being born in Iran and of having a mother from England and an Iranian father. She encouraged the children to embrace this special moment and to be proud of their roots.

“You are a window of the world for many of your friends at school,” Dowlatshahi said. “You know what the world looks like.”

After the ceremony, Ziyad Aljumaili, 40, told his 9-year-old son, Abdullah, how proud he was of his accomplishment.

Aljumaili, who worked with U.S. military forces in Iraq, said living in America had been his dream since he was a child. Now, he’s happy to share his dream with his son.

“He’s ready, he’s looking for a bright future,” Aljumaili said. “I want my sons to grow up in a safe environment.”

Children Celebrate Becoming U.S. Citizens at the DoSeum


The United States of America became 52 citizens stronger Saturday, as children from around the world took the Oath of Allegiance in a naturalization ceremony at the DoSeum.

This is the second year the DoSeum has hosted the event as a part of DreamWeek. In a time of inflamed rhetoric about who does and does not belong in the U.S., the spirit in the room was celebratory and inclusive.

The ceremony at the DoSeum included children from Kenya, Malaysia, Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Mexico, Bangladesh, and India.

As families arrived, a child ambassador greeted them with wristbands good for all-day access to the DoSeum. The children, ages 4-13, then began the final phase of what has now become a familiar part of process: waiting. 

Just a couple more hours of waiting, one more line, a few more signatures and Moustafa Altabokhi, 9, would be a U.S. citizen. Naturalization is a long process. After completing the required steps, Moustafa’s parents submitted his and his 12-year-old sister Miriam’s applications for citizenship on the same day. One year later, Moustafa was called in for the interview that would allow him to move his path to citizenship forward. Miriam is still waiting.

The siblings’ complicated journey began long before that: In 2009, their father was stabbed and left for dead on a trash heap in Baghdad. Their uncles were shot execution-style. Miriam still does not understand why.

San Antonio MLK March Celebrates 30th Anniversary / Texas Public Radio


This year marks the 30th Anniversary of San Antonio’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March. Billed as one of the nation’s largest MLK marches, some 300,000 residents and local dignitaries are expected to participate. Mayor Ivy Taylor will be in attendance as well as Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Rep. Will Hurd and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

Events are scheduled through the weekend and next week but the march on Monday is the highlight.

The community is invited to begin the day with an 8 a.m. Early Morning Worship Program at the MLK Jr. Academy, where the march will begin at 10 a.m. Organized by the San Antonio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and the City of San Antonio, the march ends about 3 miles away at Pittman-Sullivan Park in San Antonio’s historic  East Side.

Participants can catch a free bus ride from VIA Metropolitan Transit to the starting location. Following the march, the commission presents a commemorative program honoring Dr. King. This year, that program features a keynote address by award winning artist, activist and speaker David Banner. Gospel singer Keith Pringles and R&B artist Jidenna are also slated to perform as part of the event.

The commission will also present the Baha’I Unity Humanity Award and the Rev. R.A. Calloes Courage Award.

Find more events on the city’s calendar. Also DreamWeek San Antonio is hosting related events through Jan 21. The schedule is here.

Find more about the event here.