Sneak Peek: Walk on the River San Antonio Black History
http://walkontheriver.com/ Walk on the River Movie premiere: August 17, 2018 at the Carver Cultural Community Center. Purchase your tickets now: http://bit.ly/WalkontheriverPremiere
Did you know that San Antonio was the first southern city to integrate its lunch counters at Woolworth in March 16 of 1960? Most people are not aware that according to multiple sources San Antonio elected its first Afro-Mexican mayor Victor Blanco in 1809 before slavery was abolished. SATX also hosts one of the largest annual MLK marches in the country with over 100,000 attendees.
In this film “Walk on the River- A Black History of the Alamo City” we take the time to document both the history and the contributions African Americans have made to the fabric of San Antonio from emancipation to the present time. We chronicle the the path of freed Blacks establishing communities, churches and schools in the 1800’s to thriving Black owned businesses that flourished during the Jim Crow era.
We touch on religion, politics, education, social organizations and community all in an attempt to paint a vivid picture of life for Black San Antonians in the past to help create a knowledge base, a sense of pride and a blueprint for the next generations moving forward.
As the city grows and changes, as the “Eastside” (historically considered the Black side of town) becomes more gentrified, as historical locations and landmarks are being demolished or forgotten- we, along with other movements and organizations in the city- are doing our best to help preserve our own history and tell our own story.