(Feb. 18, 2011)--As part of Black History Month, the UTSA community is invited to a free screening of the award-winning documentary "When I Rise" at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21 in the Durango Building Student Activities Center (1.116) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
The film is on the life of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted African American who was a music student at the University of Texas at Austin. Conrad became a target of racial discrimination in 1957, then ascended to the heights of international opera.
Conrad was thrust into a civil rights storm that changed her life when she was cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate. The decision fueled backlash from members of the Texas Legislature.
When Conrad was expelled from the cast, the incident escalated to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar. The small-town girl from Center Point, Texas, emerged as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlined on stages around the world.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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