Provided by Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
Please join the Westside Preservation Alliance, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, the Historic Westside Residents Association, and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, November 12th, for the third annual Westside History Symposium.

The Emma Tenayuca Speaker series seeks to inform, educate, engage, and activate. The speaker series will highlight the innovative work in community history, historic preservation, and social justice. This year we will commemorate the Alazán Apache Courts located on the Westside of San Antonio.

About the Alazán Apache Courts: Built in 1939-40 as the first public housing community in San Antonio and among the very first in the U.S. As one of the most successful publicly funded housing neighborhoods in the country, the Alazán-Apache Courts has provided safe and affordable housing for thousands of San Antonians. Many of San Antonio’s leaders, artists, writers, and social justice activists grew up in or near the Alazán-Apache Courts. Most recently, community organizing in San Antonio has persuaded local, state, and national leaders to preserve the Courts as public housing for very low-income residents. This successful effort provides an important victory in the nationwide effort to preserve public housing that has for too long been neglected by the federal and state governments.

The symposium includes a full day of panel discussions, historic preservation resources, and a procession to unveil new foto historia banners at the Alazán Apache Courts.

This event is FREE and open to the public! Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

*LIVESTREAMING will be provided for those who cannot attend the symposium in person*

Please see the preliminary schedule below:

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast and registration

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM
Welcome Remarks

9:05 AM – 10:25 AM
Panel 1: History of Alazan Apache Courts and housing in Westside

10:30 AM-11:50 AM
Panel 2: Discourse on public housing and red-lining

11:50 AM – 12:30 AM Lunch

12:45 PM – 2:05 PM
Panel 3: People’s lived experiences at Los courts – panel of experiences and histories

2:10 PM – 3:30 PM
Panel 4: History and Futures of Preservation at Los courts: Imagining [that] Preservation [is possible]

3:30 PM – 3:40 PM
Call to Action Remarks

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM
Procession to hang banners at Alazán Apache Courts

Funded in part by the City of SA Department of Arts & Culture, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, John L Charitable : of the San Antonio Area Fdn, Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, Mellon Foundation, CoYoTe PhoeNix fund, AKR Foundation, Shield-Ayres Foundation, la Buena Gente de Esperanza y Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.