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DreamWeek Summit finishes on high note with annual Mayor’s Ball / NEWS4SA

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SAN ANTONIO – While DreamWeek technically ends on Jan. 31, the Mayor’s Ball is considered the finale of the DreamWeek Summit.

On Saturday, Jan. 29, the 2022 DreamWeek Summit finished on a grand final note with the annual Mayor’s Ball, held at Venue Villita.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg was the night’s guest of honor. Nirenberg assumed office on June 21, 2017, and has served as mayor since.

DreamWeek was founded by Shokare Nakpodia. DreamWeek 2022 is the 10th annual DreamWeek held in San Antonio and was scheduled from Jan. 13 – Jan 31.

The finale event showcased San Antonio’s many musical, theatrical comedic, and cultural performance artists, featuring Cleto Rodriguez, the San Antonio Youth Orchestra, Billy Ray Sheppard, Grupo Folklorico de Bendiciones, and more.

This year’s summit hosted over 200 events in and around San Antonio.

To learn more about DreamWeek, you can visit their website here.

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Òlàjú Art Group’s 6th annual African Market Festival returns to San Antonio’s Brick at Blue Star / San Antonio Current

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Produced by Òlàjú Art Group, the sixth-ever African Market Festival will showcase talents from the African continent and diaspora in a celebration of Pan-African culture.

Check out the main stage for a series of performances and speakers, browse the marketplace and art gallery, enjoy authentic African cuisines, or take in the festival’s signature runway fashion show. Community members of all backgrounds are welcome to the one-day event for an experience of curated cultural programming.

Founded in Nigeria and established in Texas, Òlàjú Art Group established the market as a space to present works both for Africans and by Africans.

The event is at the tail end of San Antonio’s 10th annual DreamWeek, a 16-day summit aimed to inspire civic engagement among local and global communities.

$10, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Jan. 29, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, african-market.olajuartgroup.org.

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DreamWeek in full effect, on a mission to inspire and engage the community / KENS5

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Although there are less events this year, the founder still encourages the community to come together to talk about the issues affecting the human race.

SAN ANTONIO — DreamWeek is underway and this is the last week to soak it all in. This year’s theme is “Our Future.” Founder,  Shokare “Sho” Nakpodia started it all ten years ago.

“DreamWeek is a celebration of tolerance, diversity, and equality,” he said. The inspiration is obviously MLK. We believe the truest voices are always going to triumph. So, we should allow dialogue, and allow open discussion across the table.”

Due to the pandemic, this year’s DreamWeek events are smaller. However, there are still more than 200, and with one week left Nakpodia said there are plenty of events you can still attend.

“It is a summit where, as a community we come together to celebrate ourselves and re-introduce ourselves to our ourselves,” he said. But more importantly to create an environment for civil and civic engagement.”

For a list of all the events, click here.

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DreamWeek event with Rwandan ambassador draws scrutiny / San Antonio Report

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Following criticism by supporters of imprisoned Rwandan Paul Rusesabagina over a panel discussion, a DreamWeek organizer said providing a platform for the Rwandan ambassador to the U.S. to speak in San Antonio allows people to make up their own minds about the country’s government.

Supporters of Rusesabagina and his family expressed outrage over the event Friday featuring Rwandan Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana. Rusesabagina rose to international fame after his efforts to save more than 1,200 fellow Rwandans from genocide inspired the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda. He later moved to San Antonio with his wife.

Rwandan authorities arrested Rusesabagina while he was traveling internationally in August 2020 and put him on trial on charges including terrorism, arson and murder. In September, he was convicted of backing a rebel group responsible for deadly attacks in 2018 and 2019 and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Rusesabagina’s family said he was kidnapped and not provided a fair trial.

Trésor Rusesabagina, Rusesabagina’s son, said he planned to attend the event, which he did not think should be canceled.

“To me, freedom of speech is important,” he said Friday before the event. “Everybody has a right to say their piece.”

At DreamWeek 2020, Paul Rusesabagina served as the keynote speaker for the entire summit, a move that was criticized by some, said Shokare Nakpodia, the event’s organizer. After that event, he offered the people who opposed Rusesabagina’s appearance at the summit an opportunity to present their own event at DreamWeek. These members of the Rwandan community in San Antonio invited the ambassador to speak at DreamWeek this year.

“This was just a way for people in the Rwandan community, some of whom were vexed by Paul’s inclusion as a keynote speaker, post an event at DreamWeek,” Nakpodia said. “We really didn’t have any say in whatever they were going to include there.”

DreamVoice, the group that holds DreamWeek, worked with the organizers to hold the event with the ambassador, but Nakpodia said the organization works with all of its partners to figure out the logistics of holding events during DreamWeek. He anticipated there would be some fallout for the decision to bring Mukantabana to the event.

“I personally do not see any reason why the ambassador cannot be here and she be in an environment where she can be challenged for whatever she says or questions that can be put to her,” he said.

Trésor Rusesabagina said the criticism of the DreamWeek event is not just about his father. He said the Rwandan government has thrown other people in jail, such as young YouTubers, who publicly oppose the government.

“People have disappeared. Families have been broken,” he said. “This is why people are upset.”

Nakpodia understands that some people think DreamWeek is giving a platform to people who allegedly abducted and tortured Paul Rusesabagina, but he said he did not want to stifle the other voices in the Rwandan community.

“We think that everyone needs to be heard and that the truest voice is always going to prevail,” he said.

Nakpodia acknowledged that the members of the Rwandan government at the panel could lie, but he said it’s important that people make up their own minds. He doesn’t think the organization should police what people say.

“The question now becomes: who are the truth-tellers here in our environment? Can you step up as well and host a panel? It could be a rebuttal,” he said. “That’s really what we try to encourage, that kind of open conversation.”

It’s not the first time a DreamWeek panel has attracted controversy. In 2019, organizers withdrew an invitation to Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who became the subject of a Netflix documentary following a firestorm created by identifying herself as Black. DreamWeek asked her to join a panel about the documentary but changed course after a protest petition gathered more than 1,100 signatures.

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6-year-old entrepreneur’s earring business an example of success found at DreamWeek / KSAT12

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SAN ANTONIO – Port San Antonio is using DreamWeek’s initiative to help spark innovation.

DreamWeek’s mission is to celebrate humanity by creating environments for both civil and civic engagement while embracing ideas and dreams for the common good. DreamWeek is taking place now and lasts until Jan. 30.

“Well this sounds fun, this sounds challenging and I like challenging things and challenging activities so I said this would be good for me,” six-year-old Sonya Martinez, founder of the Honey Breeze Collection said.

“I want everybody to feel happy and unique,” Martinez said.

Sonya wanted to make earrings for her friends and had access to a 3-D printer. The next thing you know, a company was up and running.

“It all seamlessly came together. She made a logo and had her business name kind of figured out relatively quick,” Felicia Martínez, Sonya’s mother, said.

“It is the Honey Breeze collection and the reason we named it like that is because it’s my middle name: Honey Breeze,” Sonya said.

Sonya’s earrings are made by the 3-D printer and her story shows why DreamWeek is so important for San Antonio.

“DreamWeek is all about following your dreams right and that is why we got together with our community partners to come out and demonstrate their technology we’re hoping that’s going to spark some passion and create excitement for these jobs in STEM,” Stephanie Garcia, Port SA business development specialist said.

The programs happening over the next two weeks at Port San Antonio hope to inspire future scientists, astronauts, engineers and in Sonya’s case, entrepreneurs.

“I don’t wanna make earrings out of (a different material) because they might snap and break and I don’t want my earrings to break,” Sonya said.

And already, the six-year-old is learning business first-hand.

“I do take card or cash,” Sonya said.

You can find more about Sonya’s business by clicking here. And you can find out more about DreamWeek by clicking here.

How to commemorate MLK Day 2022 with city, DreamWeek events in San Antonio _ KSAT12 - DreamWeek

How to commemorate MLK Day 2022 with city, DreamWeek events in San Antonio / KSAT12

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City of San Antonio still has several official events — though some are now virtual

 

SAN ANTONIO – The 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. March that was set for January 17 may have been canceled for a second year in a row, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to commemorate the holiday and the legacy of the civil rights leader.

 

The City of San Antonio still has several official events — though some are now virtual.

 

There are also many events associated with DreamWeek, a 16-day summit where people are invited to participate in open forums on real-world issues.

 

Here is a list of the City of San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events:

 

  • Saturday, Jan. 15: 33rd annual Alpha MLK Scholarship Breakfast – 9:00 a.m. at Embassy Suites Landmark Hotel – Tickets Available Here
  • Sunday, Jan. 16: Citywide Inter-Faith Worship Service – The virtual event will start at 4:30 p.m. The speaker will be LaMont Jefferson. The event can be viewed on a livestream on Catholic Television, on Today’s Catholic Facebook Page, Temple Beth-El, TVSA livestream or on TV on AT&T 99, Grande 20, Spectrum 21 and digital antenna 16, 1.
  • Monday, Jan. 17: Virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. March – 10:00 a.m. on TVSA, the City of San Antonio’s Facebook page, or the MLK Commission’s Facebook page.
  • Monday, Jan. 17: Pop-up drive-thru COVID-19 testing and vaccination site at Pittman-Sullivan Park. Tests and vaccinations will be issued, beginning at 10:00 A.M.
  • Monday, Jan. 17: Pop-up COVID-19 vaccine and testing clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Davis-Scott Family YMCA, 1213 Iowa St. 78203.

 

Here is a list of the 2022 DreamWeek events:

 

DWSA2022 Schedule by Julie Moreno on Scribd

As seen on SA Live - Wednesday, January 12, 2022 _ KSAT12 - 2022 DreamWeek

As seen on SA Live – Wednesday, January 12, 2022 / KSAT12

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SAN ANTONIO – Today on SA Live, it might be winter but we could all use a dose of the islands. Taste of the Caribbean is a free event and part of Dream Week, where you can sample some of the best sights, sounds, and flavors of the tropics. We are giving you a preview with some Jamaican food! Then, we sample some soul food from Rooted Vegan Cuisine. Check out soul food, reimagined at Urban Soul Market. For a list of the rest of the Dream Week events, click here.

Guess what? There’s a brand new spot in town where anyone can become an Axe Master!

Plus, if you are looking to make your social media feed really pop, check out the Texas Selfie Museum and their incredible backdrops!

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