By RJ Marquez : January 10, 2014
SAN ANTONIO –
In the city that hosts one of the largest MLK marches in the country, Dream Week organizers said it’s fitting to hold a bigger celebration and conversation.
Dream Week kicked off Friday, marking the start of 12 days of events that lead up to the march.
“It’s really important for folks to think beyond juts those static images of 1963 of Dr. King, and to really think about the work that still needs to be done in order to advance equal opportunity for all in,” said District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.
The minds behind Dream Week want to advance voices that still aren’t being heard.
“We intend to promote San Antonio as America’s face of tomorrow, and we want to celebrate tolerance, diversity and equality as well,” said Shokare Nakpotia, president of Dream Voice.
Dream Week organizers want people in San Antonio to celebrate MLK’s legacy in a way that appeals to everyone.
“Bringing people together under one roof and having important discussions about inclusiveness is very important,” said Anthony Edwards, who sits on the board of trustees for the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Events span art, education, science and technology with everything from parties to a 5K run, lectures and poetry slams. DreamWeek provides an environment for an exchange of ideas through a series of keynote speaking engagements, mixers, events and celebrations that will foster discussions centered on universal issues.
The summit gets underway with an opening ceremony breakfast at The Spire located at St. Paul Square, and runs 12 days through Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
The summit will revolve around several themes including: City, Health, Youth, Environment, Technology, Education, Arts, Spirit, Justice, Business, Sports and Cuisine. Last year, a total of 66 events were held during Dream Week.