DREAM BIG: San Antonio’s DreamWeek Begins Jan. 6—Multi-Day Event Celebrates MLK’s Dream, Offers Dozens of Community Activities

DreamWeek is a multi-day summit designed to inspire, motivate and celebrate San Antonio’s rich diversity and multiculturalism. Through workshops, lectures, mixers, exhibits and speaking engagements, this community-wide package of events promotes an exchange of ideas on universal issues while continuing to advance the teachings and visions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

…….Numerous organizations across the city will host more than 40 events, including the nationally recognized MLK March on Jan. 16, which is expected to draw more than 200,000 people. DreamWeek kicks off Friday, Jan. 6, with an opening breakfast that includes a presentation by DreamVoice President Shokare Nakpodia. The San Antonio Impact Report luncheon takes place on Thursday, Jan. 12, and the multi-week event continues beyond mid-January, offering numerous events and celebrations featuring food, conversation, performances and live music.

Here’s a sampling of just a few upcoming DreamWeek events:

Book Reading & Kickoff Reception: Coming of Age in Mississippi on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 12-2 p.m. at the San Antonio Public Library’s Carver Branch, 3350 E. Commerce St. Share and discuss this powerful social justice autobiography by Anne Moody. This event will include food and refreshments.

Big Band Jazz/Blue Star Brewing Co. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 8-10 p.m. at the Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 South Alamo, Suite 105. Enjoy San Antonio’s finest musicians gathered to perform big band jazz arrangements from the libraries of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Glenn Miller.

Taste the Dream Gala on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 6-11 p.m. at the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St. The SAGE “Taste the Dream” Gala: Celebrating Diversity Through Food will be an exploration of food representing cultures from around the world. Experience traditional cuisines and flavors from the Mediterranean, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Cuba and Europe, along with Cajun/Creole, BBQ, comfort food and vegetarian options.

Habitat for Humanity Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lenwood Heights, 227 S. Acme Rd. This will be the first day of construction at Lenwood Heights, Habitat’s newest community. The build will start construction on the community’s first three homes. The neighborhood will include the 1,000th Habitat house in San Antonio.

MLK 5K Run/Walk for the Young Men’s Leadership Academy on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 9 a.m. at MLK Park, 3503 MLK Dr. The Young Men’s Leadership Academy 5K Run is a fundraiser for the school as well as a demonstration of support for Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of resilience and equality. Come out and walk, run or skip through beautiful MLK Park to help support the school and the students it serves.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Concert on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle. This concert honoring Dr. King’s legacy will include the MLK Mass Choir and the San Antonio Symphony. $10. www.sasymphony.org.

FEATURE EVENT: 2017 MLK March and Rally on Monday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. beginning at the MLK Academy, 3501 MLK Dr. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the largest marches in the nation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream for our country. Between 200,000 and 300,000 marchers are expected. The march is almost three miles long and ends at Pittman Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa.

The African Market on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5-11 p.m. at Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, 108 Blue Star. The Olaju Art Group will host a one-of-a-kind interactive presentation of art, fashion, food and music inspired by The African Market. This fundraiser is dedicated to the promotion of emerging creative arts coming from West Africa and highlights the diversity found throughout the region. The event features an interactive installation of an African market including shops dedicated to selling African inspired products.

For more information about DreamWeek 2017, including a full schedule of events and participating organizations, visit www.dreamweek.org.

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